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How have our views on royalty evolved since the 1980s?

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75 years ago, three researchers began a project to study the lives of people in Britain, calling it Mass Observation.

In his second report, the BBC's Allan Little looks back to the Royal Wedding of 1981 and how the events that followed affected the public's relationship with the monarchy.

Professor Dorothy Sheridan, former director of Mass Observation and now a trustee of the archive, explained that the it was "no accident" that the project was started the same year as the royal wedding as it is in "those moments in time that people are expressing something about the society they live in".

Lucy Robinson, lecturer in modern British history at the University of Sussex where the Mass Observation archives are held, believes "the way people write about the Royal Family tells us much more about other things than about the Royal Family".


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