Do you get more conservative as you grow older?

By Jenny Frame

A Royal Romance 300 DPIThey say you get more conservative or traditional as you grow older. When I first got the idea for A Royal Romance, this phrase popped into my head, and I thought about how my own viewpoints had evolved over the course of my life.

As a child, I loved history, and history books were my main reading material. Luckily my mum and dad spent any holiday we had, dragging my sister and me around every castle and historical monument in Scotland, and many areas of England. I had enormous fun running around castle battlements, hiding in dungeons, and imagining myself taking part in all sorts of ancient battles. On one such day trip I bought one of my favourite books, Kings and Queens of England and Scotland for children. I poured over that book, fascinated by the tales of good monarchs, treacherous monarchs, and downright dastardly ones. Each King or Queen brought with them an era of history, and as you followed the line of succession, you could follow the evolution of the country, and its people. As a child these historical figures were characters lifted from the pages of a storybook, vivid, colourful and exciting, and a little of that fascination I had as a child, never quite left me.

When I grew up into a teenager, and my political principles started to form, I began to think about the people at the bottom, not at the top, and the injustice of riches being handed to someone by an accident of birth. I wanted to rebel against the establishment, not peer through rose tinted glasses at the history of the past. By the time I got to college and then university, I had very similar opinions to that of my character, Beatrice Elliot. She is a highly principled socialist, an anti-monarchist, and just like her, I would have been in favour of overturning the whole constitution of Great Britain. At university, I remember giving a speech on the merits of a republic, and abolition of the monarchy, but annoyingly at the back of my mind was that little bit of childhood fascination about the institution and age old traditions that go hand in hand with it.

Another thing that fascinated me about monarchy was from a purely anthropological point of view. When you study the way the royals go about their daily lives, you find that some of their family traditions and customs would be totally alien to us, and our families, but to them it’s absolutely normal. In A Royal Romance, I wanted to show Beatrice, who lives a very ordinary life, navigate her way through this strange, ancient monarchical system. Beatrice is a complete contrast to the character of Queen Georgina, who believes in the monarchy absolutely, and takes her role as head of her family and head of the nation deadly seriously.

In the years since my rebellious student days, my opinions have softened somewhat. I wouldn’t say I agree with Queen Georgina’s views, but perhaps they lie in some grey area between the two vastly different viewpoints. So do you get more conservative as you grow older? Speaking only for myself, perhaps, just a little.

12 Responses to “Do you get more conservative as you grow older?”

  1. 1 Michelle May 12, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Hi Jenny, regarding the issue of the monarchy, I’d say the opposites been true for me. As I’ve become older I’ve learned to appreciate the Queen more, how much of an attribute she is to Britain and the commonwealth, and how disciplined she must be to do the job she does every single day of her life, never having a break. I’m unsure about the role of some of the extended family, and this doesn’t seem to soften in me. Just a personal view. I look forward to reading your book, and both MC’s views.


    • 2 Jenny Frame May 12, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      I would agree with you, Michelle. No one could question the Queen’s work ethic and dedication. I know that I couldn’t keep up that pace. In the book my anti monarchist character, Beatrice Elliot begins to realize that. It does tend to be the extended family that annoy people.
      I hope you enjoy the book. 🙂


  2. 3 Ali Vali May 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Jenny, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Congratulations on an engaging story that kept me up until all hours of the early morning. I’m looking forward to whatever you have slated next.


  3. 5 S.A. May 12, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Congrats on the book; I’m looking forward to reading it. And thanks for sharing an “insider’s” perspective on monarchy. We Americans seem to have retained our fascination for the British monarchy, which seems to have gradually become more figurehead, for lack of a better word, given the current roles of Parliament. The news periodically gives the impression that UK citizens are somewhat on the fence about the monarchy – a long-lived, tradition-rich institution that’s become less relevant on a functional basis to the workings of the countries it oversees… I’m curious to see the balance of the two sides in your story.


  4. 7 Devlyn May 12, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Hi Jenny, I haven’t read your book yet but it is going to be in my collection soon. As a Aussie and ex military, I am a staunch monarchist. I served in the Army for 23 year at Her Magesty’s pleasure. I love all of the pomp and ceremony that goes with it all. I love the fact that QE2 is on our coins and that the Union Jack is on the corner of our flag. I think the modern royals are just the best and that Prince William will make a fantastic monarch. Prince Charles has angered me of late with his refusal to shake the hand of a WW2 wheelchair bound veteran during a recent military remembrance parade. I actually think he is a bit of a blimp on the Royal House of Windsor.
    But the rest of them have me glad we are a member of the Commonwealth. Especially as I love the Commonwealth Games lol.
    Congratulations on the release of A Royal Romance.


    • 8 Jenny Frame May 14, 2015 at 8:52 AM

      Devlyn, there’s lots of pomp and ceremony in the book, which I hope you will enjoy. I also tried to show the deep, binding connection between the monarch and her military, as you describe it.


  5. 9 Judy May 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Your book sounds like my sort of book. I am looking forward to reading It soon.


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