The Queen, or seventy years of reign that began in 1952, in the new dawn of peace after the world’s most horrific conflict. And a milestone, that of Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee in 2022, which today coincides with another war in Europe. For the daughter of George VI who resisted the bombing of Nazi Germany, even on Buckingham Palace in London, a stab in the heart. But without giving in to the confidence in the future that has accompanied her for 70 years. That changed the monarchy for seven decades.
In the collective fascination with the young princess fresh off her 25th birthday, the first critiques came from a Peer of the Kingdom, Lord Altrincham in 1957. When asked why he was so vehemently critical of Elizabeth II, he said: “It I care that her kingdom has the greatest success”. The problem, the Lord continued, is with the court that conditions her: she doesn’t even let the natural sound of her voice come out “so she speaks in a synthetic voice that doesn’t reflect her personality at all.” Thanks to Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s beloved consort who died within 100 years in April 2021, the Queen worked on the voice, seeking a more “confidential”, less elitist approach. Aided by the use of the new television medium. While the glory of the British Empire evaporated and London dreamed of the Beatles and the miniskirt.
In the eighties it was not easy for Elisabetta to understand the policy of the Iron Lady, and after the fairytale royal wedding of Carlo and Diana and Andrea and Sarah, the nineties with Annus Horribilis (so she stamped 1992 in a speech in the Guildhall in London), brought the pain of separations and divorces into the royal family as a dowry. How can the reasons of the crown coexist with those of the heart? Diana’s “princess in the hearts of men” empathy, as Tony Blair will say, is far from Elizabeth’s icy devotion to duty. And the abyss that separates them emerges in all its dramatic evidence in the death of Lady D, in the summer of 1997. It is the most difficult moment of her reign, the most difficult test for the institution.
The howling crowds, the flowers, clash with the queen’s composure. It will be Blair who convinces her to show the human face of “wife, wife and mother” as well as the queen, which Churchill had seen in her. It is with this newfound sensibility that Elisabetta has faced even the worst threats of recent years: from the pandemic to the scandals that have swept the Windsor firm. On the night of the pandemic, closed in a “health bubble” at Windsor Castle, Elizabeth revealed all the strength of a true world leader as she spoke to the country with her Prime Minister at the hospital for Covid: “We will meet again,” she said. while quoting a war song and stigmatizing the incarceration enforced by affection for her and for the British in lockdown. Then, after the shock of Brexit, Megxit: the departure from the royal family of his cousin Harry with his wife Meghan.
And if that wasn’t enough, the dominoes of Prince Andrew’s scandal. Could this scandal endanger the Jubilee, or worse, the Crown? “His case is a disgrace, but the House of Windsor has managed to survive Diana’s divorce and her death, the departure of Harry and Meghan, there is no reason to believe it will not survive the Andrea case – he replies the executive director ofEconomist, Daniel Franklin — The anniversary reminds us of many other things and many things that have happened in the past 70 years, of a rebellious prince ». Yep, a kingdom that started after a war and is coming to its final season with a (new) war.
Another necessary turning point for the Windsor monarchy: after an interpretation of its role hitherto at a safe distance from political and foreign policy. Similarly, Elisabetta “talked” to those blue and yellow flowers in her study during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We can’t let magic in.” The sunlight must not break the magic of the Crown, that was the nineteenth century lesson of Walter Bagehot. But the war has already “set in”.
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