The United States of America has no royal family, no hereditary aristocracy.
Indeed, we fought a revolution to cast off those trappings of the old world and create a new nation with the idea that all are equal under God and the law.
But, deep down in our hearts, we've always had a sneaking love of the pomp and pageantry that comes with a monarchy.
Our affection for Queen Elizabeth II, for example. Britain's longest serving monarch was almost as beloved here in the former colonies as in her own realm. And that means we will join our allies across the water in mourning her passing Thursday at age 96.
Ascending the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth served her subjects for 70 years, in good times and bad. As a constitutional monarch, her governing powers were limited. But her moral authority was never in question. She wisely exercised her considerable influence over a succession of governments, both Conservative and Labour. Her prime ministers sought her counsel and new the right words from Buckingham Palace could sway public opinion.
At her side for almost her entire reign was Prince Phillip, her husband of 73 years. His death last year, with the queen at his bedside, was a blow to Elizabeth, who said it left a huge void in her life.
Now they are together again. And Britain has a new king.
Rest in peace, your majesty.