Crown, Country and Continent

Date: 09 May 2023, 4.30 p.m. Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest

Danube Institute Presentation on European Monarchy

 “Crown, Country and Continent”



  • 4:30-4:40 P.M. - John O’Sullivan, Danube Institute - Welcoming Remarks
  • 4:40-5:00 P.M. - Lee Cohen - Introduction: “Why Monarchy matters?” Cohen addresses this, the U. S. Experience, what the U.S. gave up with George III, and finishes with why the British Experience is difference.
  • 5:00-5:20 P.M. - Hon. Barry Legg (virtual): “British Perspectives on Monarchy” Legg provides an in-depth discussion of Queen Elizabeth II’s Relationship with her Prime Ministers.  How has the monarchy been preserved?  He explains to a non-British audience the intimate and unique relationship the monarch has with his/her people-- a relationship non-Brits may have trouble grasping.   Other questions he will address include: Does the monarchy really make for a more unified Britain? During times of division like Brexit, did the monarchy serve to play a unifying role?  Should it? Finally he will discuss his leadership of the EU sceptic Bruges Group, and provide his perspective on historical monarchies (and their failures leading up to WWI) and the eventual birth of an unelected, undemocratic bureaucracy.  Constitutional Monarchies are among the most democratic nations on earth. Are they at odds or embracing of globalism?
  • 5:20-5:40 P. M. - Mark Falcoff, PhD (virtual) “Casualties of War: “Habsburg, Hohenzollern, and Romanov Dynasties“Professor Falcoff discusses the downfall of several significant monarchies.
  • 5:40-6:00 P. M. - Anne Elisabeth Moutet: “Monarchy and the French Revolution”- How France has been affected by being a former Monarchy
  • 6:00-6:20 P. M. Professor Zoltan Becsi (virtual): “The Hungarian Monarchy” Professor Becsi will address Hungary’s Experience: Hungarian Magna Carta (golden bull), the Opus Tripartitum 1514 and the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 on to the end in 1918. 
  • 6:20-6:40 P. M. Csaba Horváth, Senior Researcher, Danube Institute: “The Hungarian Monarchy II“

 (Program Ends)


Date: 09 May 2023, 4.30 p.m.
Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest


Participation in the event is free, but registration is required, which can be done by email at events@danubeinstitute.hu or by clicking on the R.S.V.P. button.