A friend phoned the other day to tell me about a  guest lecture he had just delivered at one of our leading universities.

He was once a senior journalist on a particular broadsheet. Following the newspaper’s line, indeed that of most in the media,  he was in favour of a republic. (More precisely, a  politicians’ republic.)

How different it is with the young today,” he said. “Twenty years or so ago they would have all been republican.”

Today, only a tiny minority showed any interest at all.  They weren’t all fervent monarchists.”

” In fact probably most weren’t. But they just couldn’t see the point of change and were perfectly happy with the existing system and rather liked the Royal Family. Other things concerned them, but not the Crown.” Find out more here.