Foreign News: The Indispensables

Winston Churchill was absent when King George VI opened a new session of Parliament last week. When the King read his seventh opening address from the throne, he wore a naval uniform, sported a visored admiral's cap where his glittering crown should have been. The normal pageantry, usually a richly costumed charade suggesting Britain's history of kings and the common man's long fight for democratic self-government, was stripped to three essentials. The indispensables were: 1) the symbol of democracy; 2) the symbol of wealth; 3) the symbol of the King's safety.

Democracy. Rights gained by toil and time permit the House of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!