Willie O’Reilly: My tiny taste of royalty as two worlds collided

Watching the endless coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death last week called to my mind a family funeral some years back, graced by a surprise attendee

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at Windsor Castle last week: whatever you might think of the monarchy, they don’t forget their friends. Picture: Getty

It’s been a tough week to be a republican, with the coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth being nigh on unavoidable. The Irish media have provided extensive analysis of the events that have played out in the days since the monarch’s death – not a day goes by without TV, radio and newspapers offering up some new angle.

We appear to have bought into the whole idea of monarchy, albeit through the prism of ...