Royalty and the Bonds of Empire

Anne Spry Rush

in Bonds of Empire

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588558
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728990 | DOI:
Royalty and the Bonds of Empire

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This chapter presents the first of three case studies that explore the place of the British royal family in Jamaicans’ understanding of and identification with Britishness. It explores Jamaican views of Queen Victoria and the monarchy more generally, and examines the varied roles played by Jamaicans in royal occasions from 1900 to the mid-1930s. Many Jamaicans, particularly those of the middle-class, admired Victoria, whom they saw as the caring and respectable mother of an idealized imperial family, as well as a proponent of liberty and equitable treatment for all Britons, including colonial subjects. When combined with their familiarity with and participation in royal rituals, these beliefs about the monarch helped create in many Jamaicans a strong identification with the British royal family and the empire it represented.

Keywords: Britishness; Jamaican; justice; loyalty; monarch; mother; respectability; royal events; imperial family; Victoria

Chapter.  12351 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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