Truth be told, Irish people are truly fascinated with British royalty and genetically attracted to it, despite age-old nationalist rhetoric.
Quite explicable since Ireland, as much as Britain, boasts a proud dynastic tradition — ie gaelic kings and high kings.
Consider Arthur Griffith’s dual monarchy proposal; the 1916 leaders’ intention to invite a German prince to head a new republic and not least de Valera’s proposal for a republic within the Commonwealth with the British king at its head.
Intriguingly, Britain has a profound anti-monarchial tradition, from Magna Carta to the execution of Charles I, to Cromwell’s republic.
Food for thought, I should think?
Michael M Galvin,