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Diana statue and the tension between the public and private British monarchy

By Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History, Anglia Ruskin University
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One statue went up, another came down. As the sons of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, came together at Kensington Palace last week for the unveiling of the statue they had commissioned to commemorate their mother’s 60th birthday, a crowd in Canada gathered to overturn a statue of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Canadian protest was against post-colonial ties with Britain, after the recent…

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