in the way of regularly recurring national communions that reaffirm the nation's unity and identity. At her coronation, Elizabeth was divested of the robes she wore to Westminster Abbey. Then, standing in a white shift, she was invested with symbols of her authority (sword, orb, etc.) and of authority over her (a Bible). Properly understood, it was an anti-magical moment; it was the very public manufacturing of a monarch. Britain's monarchy adds to the public stock of pretty-much-harmless pleasure. (BEG ITAL)Of course it is irrational, but so are many things we love, including love.