Britain Class Acts

Britain Class Acts

In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II listens during the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II listens during the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. For the past three decades, many Britons had hoped the rigid class system that defined their country from Dickens to “Downton Abbey” was finally dying. Now they fear that class, their old bugbear, is back on the rise. From 1979, Britain was led for more than a decade by Margaret Thatcher, a grocer’s daughter, and then by John Major, the son of a music-hall entertainer. The current leader, David Cameron, is a descendent of King William IV whose Cabinet is stacked with men, like him, from the country’s most prestigious private schools and Oxford and Cambridge universities. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

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