When people hear "The Crown", they automatically think of the King and Queen. When they hear "London" or "The City", they instantly think of the capital of England in which the monarch officially resides since London's expansion absorbed the City of Westminster.
"The City" is in fact a privately owned Corporation - or sovereign state - occupying 677 acres in the heart of the 610 square mile "Greater London" area. The population of the City is 5,000 whereas Greater London has 8 million.
"The Crown" is a committee of 12-14 men who rule this independent sovereign state known as London or "The City". "The City" is not a part of England and is not subject to the Sovereign nor under rule of Parliament. It is an independent state, like Kowloon City in Hong Kong, which belonged to Communist China. It's the Vatican of the commercial world.
The City is ruled by a Lord Mayor elected for one year. When the Queen visits the City she's met by the Lord Mayor at Temple Bar, the symbolic gate of the City. She bows to him and asks permission to enter his private, sovereign State. He grants permission to enter by handing her the sword of State. During such State visits, the Lord Mayor with his robes and chain, his entourage in medieval costume, outshines the Royal party, which can dress-up no further than service uniforms. The Lord Mayor leads the Queen into the City of which he is the monarch and she is his subject.
The Rothschild-controlled Bank of England, Lloyd's underwriters, London Stock Exchange, leading international trading concerns are located here. The small clique who rule the City dictate to the British Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Until the middle of the seventeenth century, the British Monarch was truly sovereign. Britain was prosperous. Indeed, for 280 years there was no inflation. The average man worked for only 150 days of the year, and lived well. (In Australia today, its said that we work for about 150-days to pay our taxes, and the rest of the year for the usury on our houses). Conditions went down-hill ever since the privately-owned Bank of England was established to finance the profligate ways of William III. Two separate empires operated under the guise of the British Empire, all white-skinned colonies: South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (representing 13% of the people who made-up the British Empire) were under the Sovereign and under British law. All the other colonies like India, Egypt, Bermuda, Malta, Cyprus, the colonies in Central Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and Gibraltar comprised the hidden empire that belonged to the Crown of the City of London. These were not under British rule. Parliament had no authority over them. They were private enterprise, owned and ruled by The Crown of the City of London whose representatives had the power of life or death over the people. And there was no appeal to British law - not even for a British citizen.
As the Crown also controlled the British Government, there was no problem getting the British taxpayer to pay for naval and military forces to maintain the Crown's supremacy. Any revolts were met with terrible retribution by the British navy at no cost to the Crown who reaped fantastic profits. This was not British commerce or British wealth, and the average Briton became poorer. It was "The Crown's" commerce, and "The Crown's" wealth.
The International Bankers of the City of London today control the available resources of the world at any moment. "The Crown of the City" still own and control their former colonies, financially and materially, only today the United Nations uses American military forces supplemented by the forces of other nations and paid for by the taxpayers of member nations (The Empire of "The City", by E. C. Knuth). And today they control the politics and economies of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and . . . the USA.