What makes royalty royal? Some plain and simple answers, fully diagrammed with amusing colored pictures, from Messrs. Moncreiffe and Pottinger, explain the core of the British system and with reference to the whole father-priest-governor cultural institution (familiar from Fraser's The Golden Bough) indicate its relationship to the whole realm of royalty as we know it. Aside from the ancient cultural roles of the king and his family some of the other points discussed are the meaning of the royal family for Britons today, how much they pay to support the institution and so forth. Whether one agrees or not with the authors' championing of the value of the system, their account of it makes a lively bit of history. Limited appeal. A handsomely bound and well-executed picture history.