What is the relationship between the British monarchy, its empire, and the Commonwealth?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of the Caribbean for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been criticised over the royals’ connection to colonialism and slavery.
An open letter by Jamaican public figures says: “We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, has perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind.”
(CNN)The torrential downpour that greeted Will and Kate in the Bahamas on Friday was the perfectly fitting end to their Caribbean excursion. If ever there was a parade that needed raining on, it was the couple’s colonial nostalgia tour.
Open Letter to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate
Nearly 200 years after her ancestors were given a large payout from the British government when slavery was abolished, our correspondent travels to Grenada to find out how this grim legacy continues to reverberate today.
High up in the hills of the Caribbean island of Grenada, in the grounds of a former slave plantation, a cast iron bell hangs from a tree.
As the fallout from a policeman’s killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Black Lives Matter protests reverberates around the world, the Commonwealth may be about to have its own moment of reckoning with its origins in the British empire.
The British Empire was first built on slavery and then on the moral and economic self-confidence of antislavery
The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) asserts that European Government were owners and traders of enslaved Africans.
One important (though often neglected) part of the ‘development business’ committed to principles of partnership is the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 54 independent countries, almost all of which were formerly under British rule. This paper focuses on the Commonwealth’s contemporary sense of ‘responsibility’ for shaping African development through ‘partnership’ and by promoting ‘good governance’ and examines the particular example of Mozambique, which joined the Commonwealth in 1995.
In countries with historic ties to the U.K., allegations by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, that someone in the royal household had “concerns” over their unborn baby’s skin color have raised a thorny question: Do those nations really want to be so closely connected to Britain and its reigning family anymore?
As the Queen marks 70 years on the throne, the Caribbean isn’t the only place ready to ditch the royal family
Two brothers, alike in dignity, among the British monarchy where we lay our scene, are grappling with ancient grudges. Will it—should it—be mended?
Queen Elizabeth II is widely viewed in the U.K. as a rock in turbulent times after seven decades on the throne