Unease is spreading – uncertain but palpable – regarding the forthcoming coronation. Because of the opaque nature of the preparations, conducted secretively behind palace walls, the precise details of the event remain obscure; but, as the date approaches, more information is becoming available and it is not reassuring. Among that part of the population – the vast but disregarded majority – that is instinctively royalist and celebratory, there is a growing dread that the coronation will be a drab, disappointing occasion that, so far from uplifting the nation, will be a dispiriting experience shaped by the acolytes of Britain’s managed decline.

There is a parallel with Brexit: the public had the courage to vote for a decisive restoration of national sovereignty, but the globalist establishment first tried to quash that emancipation, in defiance of the popular will, then used its deadening influence to suppress the spirit of regeneration and adventure that should have exploited the multifarious opportunities of Brexit. There are grounds for believing the same anti-national influences are similarly attempting to make the coronation a damp squib.