Royal events such as coronations and jubilees encompass a wide spectrum of planned events involving monarchs and their families that are strategically designed to reinforce the role of royalty within social and political structures. Royal events may have a long heritage, but often involve traditions that are invented, revived or undergoing major innovations in response to changing times or to meet different purposes. The change from absolutism towards constitutional monarchies has seen a shift towards using royal events to promote national identity, community and inclusiveness. While the function and meaning of royal ritual and ceremony is a product of its particular political, economic and cultural context, conversely, royal events are often an influence on the broader milieu.
This book is the first to explore royal events within the context of Events Studies, and takes an historical approach, examining the development of royal events through different periods. It starts with four broad pre-modern eras, namely Classical, Byzantine, the Dark Ages and the Medieval Period, then moves through to the early modern dynasties such as the Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians and Bourbons and on to contemporary times, incorporating the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the current reign of Elizabeth II, including the legacy of Diana and an analysis of current issues affecting royal events. Themes emphasised throughout include the institutional dynamism of royalty, the invention of tradition, the ritual structure of events, the impact of the media and the influence of individual tastemakers.
This multidisciplinary work will appeal to postgraduate students and academics from a wide variety of disciplines, including cultural studies, history, tourism, events and sociology.
1. Introducing Royal Events
2. The Ancient World
3. The Dark Ages
5. Medieval Kings and Chivalry
6. The Tudors
7. The Stuarts
8. The Georgians
9. Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette: Elegance and Etiquette at the Bourbon Court
10. Victoria and Albert: The Royal Family on Display
11. The Late Victorian and Edwardian Eras: Reclaiming Pomp and Ceremony
12. The New Elizabethan Era: Deference and Dignity
13. Royal Events in a Media World
14. The Legacy of Diana
15. The Future for Royal Events