Fragments 62: The Queen – Fragments

Fragments 62: The Queen – Fragments
Fragments 62: The Queen – Fragments

Who was she really?

Question: do you not really realize that with the death of the Queen, and shortly before that of Gorbachev, this is the moment when the 20th century finally passes away?

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In the sense that there is another possible historical context beyond the calendar? In the same way that some of the smartest historians claim that the 19th century actually ended in 1914 (after the so-called “Belle Epoque”) when Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand and caused the First World War?

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Personally, there was only one thing I liked in the storm of essays and silly enumerations surrounding the Queen’s death: it was by Jeremy Clarkson.

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He is wonderful, as usual: he asks if (I also consider myself English, sorry about dat, I’m a die-hard Anglophile, I lived in London, I adore and know their culture) – that everything in our lives, from the first kiss to our first work, has been under the “management” of our Queen.

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Which, despite the quarrels and PR-problems, was ours, which stands and holds mega-worthy of “Britishness” itself. And after Britain, the Victorian empire on which the sun supposedly never sets, can become something else, something that experiences the traumatic end of colonialism, but can also get out of this historical trap.

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Elizabeth herself went through a variety of crises – from Churchill (existential), to Macmillan and Wilson (economic), to Thatcher (whom she loathed), to the leftists Blair and Brown (“right” always), and to the Tories lately (careful). .

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But she, all this time, was a great and kind politician, as befits a woman who is above all. Wise in a world that increasingly does not value wisdom, especially after the digital revolution.

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Last year, The Express reported that the Queen’s brand was “bigger than Nike, Ferrari and Pepsi” combined. Only tech titans like Apple, Amazon Google and Facebook are up there with Her Majesty. According to this study, the Queen is 23 times bigger than the Beckhams and three times bigger than the Obamas when it comes to brand recognition and favorability.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s image has been mostly favorable during her years as monarch. Conservative in dress, with signature brands such as Launer London bags, she was known for her monochrome coats and matching hats.

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Lighthouse. Our lighthouse.

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Her steadfastness and perseverance were a guarantee of everything in an uncertain world.

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“Her Majesty is quite a nice girl,” said the future Sir Paul McCartney back in 1969. And he was right. Two girls – Liz and Thatcher – won the Falklands War, for example.

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This is the mark of the Queen’s ability to remain a unifier and mother of the nation. She was close and yet so far. She was far away, but she was still by our bed and seemed to be reading us a bedtime story. At least to us Anglophiles.

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As John Sergeant has just pointed out, the Queen has never been interviewed. Not once.

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And it was this “known unknown” that allowed us to transfer all our emotions to her.

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It is a quality inherent in the greatest and most enduring personalities.

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She also had a wonderful sense of humor, she epitomized Englishness itself. Especially the sketch with Paddington bear during her anniversary celebrations, or the one with James Bond (Daniel Craig) during the London 2012 Olympics.

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The skillful combination was always exquisite.

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Always measured and always balanced.

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She was the gentle force of the British spirit. Even after the empire, Britain’s influence around the world was everywhere.

In addition to language, England in her time gave us thousands of inventions, led by the Internet and pop music itself.

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And the English language has more than 2 billion speakers. 25% of the world’s population.

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Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest by a British monarch and the second longest by a monarch of a sovereign state. At the time of her death, Elizabeth was Queen of fourteen Commonwealth realms in addition to the United Kingdom, all of which were part of the Commonwealth of Nations, a 54-member group of former British colonies.

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World War II was the most important formative experience for the future queen. Her experience as a car mechanic in the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service – the women’s army service) and her involvement in the clearance of London after the German bombings made her the “Queen of the People”.

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There were arguments, of course. In the early 1990s, disputes over the Queen’s exemption from income tax forced the Crown to change its financial terms so that it paid like everyone else. The gossip and scandal surrounding the younger royals led to the divorces of Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and – most disastrous of all – Prince Charles, the new king. The Queen described 1992 – at the height of the scandals – as an “annus horribilis”.

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But let’s be honest: she survived and behaved with great dignity during all the quarrels and misfortunes in the royal family – from the divorce and death of Diana to the ill-fated marriage of grandson Harry with Meghan Markle. There was, of course, the sense that she disapproved of any of it, but that somehow made her all the more likable.

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In short: Queen Elizabeth held the crown above party politics, but was always fully engaged in the political process. A firm believer in the Commonwealth, even when her own Prime Ministers (from Churchill to Macmillan to Boris Johnson) did not. Another former prime minister – Harold Wilson – however noted that attending the weekly audience with her unprepared was like being caught at school for not doing your homework. It is also widely believed that her relationship with Margaret Thatcher was difficult.

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Yet she translated everything British from the collapse of the Empire to true democracy, whether left-wing (Blair) or “Tory” (Cameron, and especially now Liz Truss).

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God bless her, and now God save the King.

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