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Editorial: With a new king and PM, it’s a good time to mend fences between Ireland and Britain

Elizabeth reigned with dignity and determination throughout her 70 years. Now Britain’s new monarch has emphasised continuity, but the British people would not be averse to a little change

Camilla, Queen consort, looks on as Britain’s King Charles III attends his proclamation as king in London. Picture: Getty

The British constitution is famously unwritten – nobody has ever bothered to put it down on paper in the way of the Irish, French or American constitutions. One under-appreciated reason for this is that the British constitution is so antiquated and archaic that it is impossible to put down in words.

The events of the past few days illustrated the strangeness of the British constitutional tradition. The accession of King Charles III to succeed his ...