But it also reserved an era in which the Queen became a symbol of global leadership, even though she was not a politician. Years were also rooted in the fact that she was there.
And now she’s gone.
During her 70-year reign, wars have come and gone, as have crises and tragedies, political scandals, pandemics and depressions.
She rose to the throne, rocking with the shaking of her crumbling empire. She died in exile in Scotland, where her zeal for independence was growing, risking a split with the kingdom she was putting together.
Elizabeth was a distant, loyal yet ever-present epoch of women’s emancipation, the expansion of gay rights, post-industrialization, and the upheaval of immigration that changed the face of her homeland. Across the civil war, Britain’s tough accession and exit from the European Union, and the disorienting spasm of a globalizing economy, the Queen has not wavered.
Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy, Mao Zedong, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meyer, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II reigned during the Queen’s long reign and made history.
Since 1952, when her father, King George VI, died in Kenya and she found herself Queen, almost everything in the world has changed imperceptibly. However, the stoic and formal Elizabeth was always there and always the same.
Her death, despite the fact that she was 96, was a quiet, somewhat sudden death that took away the bastions of constancy and stability that Britain and the world had known for decades. At the very moment that even seems confused and unsettled.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth was the monarchy, among the few subjects who saw the divine rights of the king and queen as an absurd anachronism and shattered the marriages and misadventures of the queen’s children and the royal family. even earned respect and respect. Hanger-on as a symbol of her retrograde modern nation. Few Brits knew a monarchy without her.
Abroad, the Queen’s passing could have the same impact.
After a period of contemplation, Commonwealth countries like Canada and Australia, where she was head of state, have young populations much more diverse than their British ancestry, and it’s time to finally sever the last ties to their homeland. You may wonder whether the
And Britain’s quest for a post-Brexit role as a half-hearted world power will have to move forward without its most precious foreign assets. In some ways, she was a part of everyone’s life – a continuum figure that has been recognized and remembered for generations, now coming to an end.
A wave of global grief
In Britain, the Queen’s absence would be surprising. Her head is depicted on almost all coins and stamps. A centenarian received a telegram to the monarch. This Christmas Day, after turkey and trimmings, people settle into the traditional royal broadcast, and a new king comes into play.
The reaction to her death underscored her influence.
The lights of the Eiffel Tower are dimmed during a minute’s silence at the US Open Tennis Championships. Presidents, prime ministers and monarchs sent messages of sympathy ahead of what would be the most powerful gathering of world leaders in decades at a state funeral in London.
The outflow was a testament to the longevity that made her a global figure. It meant being able to engage with generations and governments around the world with a lot of partisan tendencies. When someone outside Britain spoke of a “queen,” no one asked, “Which queen?”
For example, it was impossible for the Queen’s sister, the late Princess Margaret, to marry her lover, group captain Peter Townsend.
The Queen’s death could trigger a new scrutiny of Britain’s complex constitutional arrangements and political system, which goes beyond a possible new impetus for an independence referendum north of the border.
Britain is a far more equitable society than it was at its coronation in 1953, but the royal family still upholds a class system that some Britons consider oppressive. The gun carriages and ceremonially dressed cavalrymen that appear at her funeral cannot disguise Britain’s status as a declining military and diplomatic power.
Yet Elizabeth was also loved by millions in her country and abroad.
Her high-level political prowess was shaped in the boredom of endless tours abroad, the routine chatter of state visits upon returning home, and the overwhelming protocol of state dinners. And she was respected not only because she was famous. She arguably has to be the most photographed woman in the history of mankind. Or maybe it’s because she outlived everyone else.
The Queen may have been constitutionally prohibited from engaging in party politics, but she was still an extraordinary politician.
Nicholas Dungan, adjunct professor at Sciences Po in Paris and CEO of business and leadership consultancy CogitoPraxis, says Elizabeth embodies the very best of disciplined and professional leadership.
“You don’t need political power to be a leader. You don’t need hard power to be a leader. You need personal power to be a leader.” And the vision, all he said the Queen showed. “Her gift may be as much an inspiration she gives us for her future as her service she gave us during her lifetime.
Former President Barack Obama said Thursday, “When we were just beginning our lives as President and First Lady, she welcomed us with open arms and extraordinary generosity.” He added that he and wife Michelle were “in awe of the legacy of tireless work” of the Queen., a dignified public service. ”
Former President Donald Trump also looked star-smitten when he met the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2018.
“What a magnificent and beautiful woman she was. There was no one like her!” Trump said in a statement Thursday.
Many Americans remember the Queen’s resolute and swift reaction to the September 11, 2001 attacks when the national anthem was played during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. we pay for love ”
Elizabeth’s political acumen was demonstrated in two episodes towards the end of her reign. In 2011, she became the first British monarch to visit Ireland since independence. It was a very sensitive trip when you think about it. But her visit was a great success. For she showed her repentance for the excesses of the British colonial forces and helped to ease mistrust between London and Dublin.
In another gesture of reconciliation a year later, the Queen shook hands with Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader during the conflict in Northern Ireland and following the peace deal. The IRA killed Sir Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s beloved cousin and father of the new King, in 1979 with a bomb mounted on his boat.
In April 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 emergency, in a special message from Windsor Castle, the Queen said to her subjects, who were in quarantine at home, during normal hours. promised to return. “See you later,” she said. She poignantly borrows lyrics from wartime soldier’s lover Vera Lynn and recalls the role of the royal family in maintaining national morale during World War II when she was a young princess, and has been criticized by new generations. persuaded the British to make it on their own…the best time.
Britain is now in a prolonged period of national mourning, and her admirers around the world are getting used to the strange feeling of living in a world where the Queen has left. It has been alive and dead for thousands of years. Charles is not the first monarch to grapple with a difficult legacy to follow.
Courtiers of outdated traditions will facilitate this transition, emphasizing what their adherents see as the most powerful feature of a monarchy: a sense of continuity and stability that elected politics cannot convey. It was made. Thursday evening.
“The Queen passed away peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” read the notice in a black frame.
“The King and Queen will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”