As we were approaching the fifth anniversary of the landslide defeat of the 1999 referendum, I was delighted to see this comment from the leading German newspaper, Die Welt, during The Queen’s recent visit to Germany:

" Every time German democrats look at the British monarchy, they can hardly suppress their envy and admiration for its balance between tradition and innovation. "

Incidentally, in one of the press reports of the anniversary, I read that the one state, Victoria, voted Yes. I have seen this in a book, and it is wrong. Every state voted No.………………….