Nightly News   |  July 22, 2013

A ‘sense of continuity’ in the House of Windsor

Andrew Roberts, British historian, explains that with the birth of Kate and William’s baby boy, it’s the first time since 1901 that there have been four living monarchs, something he says is “quite extraordinary.”

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>>> andrew roberts is here with us in the studio in new york. as con temporary british hist tore yarn and authors go he has covered wars and prime ministers and the churchill years and the monarchy, which brings us to tonight. you and i were speaking earlier and i have a dual question for you. number one, the distinction in the modern era about how many generations in the royal family are alive and with us. and second, what does this do for continuity and robustness going forward?

>> well, it's the first time since 1981 , since the rape of queen victoria that we have had four living monarchs all at the same time, monarchs and monarchs-in-waiting, which is quite extraordinary, because it gives the sense of continuity to the house of windsor. we know now that there will be, assuming this young prince has his mother and his great-grandmother's longevity, will be there in the 22nd century . and as far as the robtnes is coerned, well, the monarchy has never been more popular since the abdication crisis than it is

>> all things looking up as the world comes together for good news today. thank you for being here with us.

>> thank you.