GREAT BRITAIN: Of Making Princes

GREAT BRITAIN Of Making Princes When Queen Victoria wanted to make her German husband-to-be "King Consort" by Act of Parliament, her favorite Prime Minister, Melbourne, was shocked. "For God's sake, Ma'am," he cried, "let's have no more of it. If you get the English people into the way of making Kings, you will get them into the way of unmaking them." Years later (1857) the young Queen took matters into her own hands and created Albert "Prince Consort."

Last week Victoria's great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth (with the willing assent of her Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan) decided by royal decree what should be the...