The magic of the monarchy.

In the midst of all this oh-so average commentary, I’m stunned to discover that the greatest insight on offer into the past few days was penned 150 years ago.

Who, I hear you ask?

Bagehot:

So long as the human heart is strong and the human reason weak, royalty will be strong because it appeals to diffused feeling, and Republics weak because they appeal to the understanding… Above all things our royalty is to be reverenced, and if you begin to poke about it you cannot reverence it. When there is a select committee on the Queen, the charm of royalty will be gone. Its mystery is its life. We must not let in daylight upon magic.

(Hat tip: The Monarchy, by Hitch).

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