The royal wedding will bolster the monarchy’s popularity once again. But after the bunting is put away, the powers of the institution still need a thorough examination
One of the very first things Eric Pickles did on his arrival at Eland House, the headquarters of the department for communities and local government, was not to draw up a list of charities he wanted to drive out of business. No, it was to insist that pictures of Her Majesty the Queen were affixed to the office walls. As an ardent royalist, he views himself as a minister of the crown, serving in a cabinet which is, in effect, a sub-committee of the Queen’s privy council.