It is fervently to be hoped that after E2 (not E1 - she was the redhead Tudor) dies, the British monarchy will decline from its absurdly anachronistic position and become more akin to the European relics: quiet, discrete, meaningless. The UK, especially post-Brexit, is already far too backward-looking. The last thing we need, but clearly the first thing we'll get, is a ludicrous outpouring of grief for one of the most pampered and privileged members of the lucky sperm club.

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