"Britain’s Windsors are like an interface between two worlds , the mundane one and some vaster national-spiritual sphere associated with mass adulation, the past, the State and familial morality, as well as comforting day dreams. […] Personality is a fundament of the modern Royal ideology: the institution is almost eclipsed from popular view by the (imagined) personal nature of the Monarch, her dependents and her ancestors."
"Like anyone else, the British look into a mirror to try and get a sense of themselves. In so doing they are luckier but ultimately less fortunate than other peoples: a gilded image is reflected back, made up of sonorous past achievements, enviable stability, and the painted folklore of their Parliament and Monarch. Though aware that this enchanted glass reflects only a decreasingly useful lie they have found it naturally difficult to give up"