The modern Royal family is doing a good job of that too.
Yes. The mass outpouring of faux sentimentality over Diana’s death was revolting. If a country must have a royal family, I prefer they act like royalty, whether it’s the Victorian style or the Restoration style of Charles II. Not that either of those would fly these days, for different reasons.
Speaking of royalty, there’s an excellent series called “Monarchy” narrated by David Starkey, about the history of the English/British monarchy from as far back as the Anglo-Saxon “first man among equals”, through Alfred The Great, Viking raids and Norman Conquest, Plantaganets, York and Lancaster, Tudors and Stuarts, Cromwell, Gorious Revolution, Hanoverian dynasty, Victoria amd Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, change to Windsor.
The first two parts can be seen on Netflix, amd the rest on You Tube (make sure to watch the UK version, there’s a US version which is compressed and shortened).
It’s really good and makes it all almost understandable, makes it very interesting without resorting to dumbed-down gimmickry.
Davod Starkey also did a series on Henry VIII: The Mind Of A Tyrant from his youth to death. (It’s also available on You Tube). Really excellent music, so excellent that I bought the soundtrack. No one does history like the British when they stick to the straightforward manner.
in all fairness, since Diana’s death, things have calmed down and now with Princess Kate, things are on the way up.