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Safe for Democracy: Constitutional Politics, Popular Spectacle, and the British Monarchy 1910–1914

  • Frank Mort

How did the British monarchy respond to the multiple challenges of early twentieth-century mass democracy? Historians have separated the growth of constitutional sovereignty from the practice of a welfare monarchy, or from royalty as decorative and media friendly. This article argues that the political transformation of the modern monarchy was inseparable from innovations to its style and presentation. Opening with the dramatic constitutional crisis that confronted George V and his advisors in 1910, I show how the monarchy's entanglement in high politics forced the crown to assume an increasingly neutral, arbitrarial stance on industrial disputes and on the Irish question, despite the king's own conservatism. Simultaneously, George V invested in styles of royal accessibility and informality that contrasted sharply with other major European dynasties, in a series of royal tours across the industrial heartlands of England and Wales in 1912 and 1913. Extensively covered by the national and imperial press and by the newsreels, these visits to the strongholds of laborism promoted a vision of patrician democracy that drew heavily on traditions of organic, one-nation conservatism. But they also positioned royalty and the people in a new imaginary relationship that was more personal and intimate. Both versions had long-term consequences for the British monarchy across the twentieth century.

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118 Rosemary T. Van Arschel, “Women's Periodicals and the New Journalism: The Personal Interview,” in Wiener, Papers for the Millions, 243–56, at 245.

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121 Yorkshire Observer and Advertiser, 17 May 1912, 8.

122 Esher, quoted in Rose, George V, 90.

123 “The Queen in a Miner's Home,” Daily Express (London), 28 June 1912, 1; “The Queen Leaving a Cottage Near Bury,” Daily Mirror (London), 14 July 1913, 9.

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130 Prochaska, Royal Bounty, 18. See also Colley, Britons, 240–41.

131 Poliakoff, Stephen, The Lost Prince (London, 2003); Dennis Judd, George VI (London, 2012), 1517.

132 “Pageant in the Streets,” South Wales Daily News, 26 June 1912, 7.

133 “Pageant in the Streets.”

134 “In the Colliery District,” Dewsbury Reporter, 12 July 1912, 2.

135 Programme, Tuesday, 9 July 1912, RA PS/PSO/GV/PS/MAIN/7175.

136 “King and Queen in Yorkshire,” Daily Telegraph (London), 10 July 1912, 13; “The King in a Coal Mine,” Daily Mail (Hull), 10 July 1912, 3.

137 Quoted in “In the Colliery District,” 2, and “The King in a Coal Mine,” 3.

138 Bailey, Black Diamonds, 73.

139 Bailey, Black Diamonds, 79.

140 “Queen in Tears,” Daily Express (London), 10 July 1912, 1.

141 “Cadeby Heroes Interred,” Leeds Mercury, 13 July 1912, 5; “The Royal Week,” Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 8 July 1912, 6.

142 “The German Emperor Follows the Example of King George,” Daily Mirror (London), 13 August 1912, 1.

143 See, for example, Francis Addy Diary, 19 March 1916, MLMSS 1607/1, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales; Ivo Lucius Beresford, sound recording, cat. no. 18564, reel 2, Imperial War Museum, London.

144 For discussion of early cinema audiences, see Biltereyst, Daniel, Maltby, Richard, and Meers, Philippe, eds., Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: New Perspectives on European Cinema History (London, 2012).

145 See McKernan, Topical Budget; Low, Rachael, The History of the British Film, 1906–1914 (London, 1997), 14.

146 McKernan, Topical Budget, 117–18.

147 “Films of the Royal Visit to Wales,” Bioscope, 11 July 1912, 101.

148 “Hibbert's Again to the Fore,” Bioscope, 24 July 1913, 246.

149 Vicki Caren, “Weisker Brothers, Merseyside at War, 1914–1918”,

150 Royal Visit to Lancashire, July 1913, producer, Pathe, film no. 157, North West Film Archive.

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152 See Gunning, Tom, “Pictures of Crowd Splendour: The Mitchell and Kenyon Factory Gate Films,” in The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon: Edwardian Britain on Film, ed. Toulmin, Vanessa, Popple, Simon, and Russell, Patrick (London, 2004), 4958; Dave Russell, “The Football Films,” in Toulmin, Popple, and Russell, The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon, 169–80.

153 Royal Visit to Bacup, 9 July 1913, producer, Lama Films, film no. 5985, North West Film Archive.

154 Royal Visit to Atherton, July 1913, producer, Will Onda, film no. 547, North West Film Archive.

155 Turvey, Gerry, “Ideological Contradictions: The Film Topicals of the British and Colonial Kinematograph Company,” Early Popular Visual Culture 5, no. 1 (April 2007): 4156.

156 Stephen Bottomore, “From the Factory Gate to the ‘Home Talent’ Drama: An International Overview of Local Films in the Silent Era,” in Toulmin, Lost World, 33–48.

157 Low, History of the British Film, 25.

158 “Happenings at Accrington,” Bioscope, 31 July 1913, 323; “Olympia Picture,” Mildura Cultivator (Australia), 10 September 1913, 5.

159 Dangerfield, The Strange Death of Liberal England.

160 Woolf, Virginia, Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown (London, 1924); Todd, Selina, The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class (London, 2014), introduction, Kindle.

161 “Vile Attack on the King,” Daily Telegraph (London), 24 July 1914, 12.

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