When he declares, “I am your king!” to a deeply unimpressed peasant, her response is both absurd and blindingly obvious. When the monarchy was restored 11 years later, Parliament curtailed the crown’s power through a Bill of Rights that ushered in a constitutional monarchy. Monarchies that refuse to adapt fall in dramatic fashion, like the French monarchy.” (See also the Russian monarchy, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and the exiled monarchies of Greece and other European countries.) One constant of the British monarchy has been the calls for its abolition, Ms. Borman continued. This is powerful theater.’ I think we should never underestimate the power of that theater.”The post As a King Is Crowned, Some Britons Ask Why the Monarchy Persists appeared first on New York Times.