Ep. 02 | The Crown

By Cecilia Gragnani | In the second episode we explore the role of the Crown as the expression and symbol of Britain’s national identity. To help us understand the British Monarchy and the consequences Brexit might have on it, we chatted with Colin Crouch, sociologist and Emeritus Professor at Warwick University, and Grant Harrold, royal butler and etiquette expert. Because the monarchy is not just a lucrative business. If for British people the monarchy is taken for granted, for any foreigner wishing to embark on the process of naturalisation, it’s harder to grasp the concept. Especially when the process includes having to swear allegiance to the Queen in charge, her heirs and successors, from whatever part of the world someone might come from and whatever their religion might be.

Cover image by Giacomo Botto
Music by Epidemic Sound



by Cecilia Gragnani

LONDON EXPAT is the comic story of the encounter between a modern migrant and London – a contemporary El Dorado for young Italians and Europeans. The podcast explores the long road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the existential crisis that your identity faces when no country claims you as their own. Performer & British citizen Cecilia Gragnani, with the help of journalist Gabriele Carrer, will share what life in the UK looks like in Brexit times, as the European dream of life across borders slowly drifts away. In her exploration Cecilia interacts with the spirit of London, interpreted by the Drag Queen Jonny Woo, and uses as a guideline the book “Life in the UK”, a compulsory read for aspiring citizens but little known even by the native English people. The story is accompanied by direct testimonies of many expats who have tried, have succeeded or have given up.

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