‘Pomp and Circumstance’ addresses the enduring importance of the aristocracy. They remained the dominant force in Westminster politics and officered the army. Aristocrats augmented their wealth through selling land for urban development, as well as industrial investment and banking. Court association with the romantic portrayal of the moors and mountains of the north made these fashionable. The values of the aristocracy were changing, as exemplified by the hedonism of the Prince of Wales. Despite the absence of Queen Victoria from public life after the death of Prince Albert, important elements of society remained receptive to the monarchy and the timeless qualities that it represented.