Sep 9, 2022
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With the departure of Elizabeth II, an era has gone

The rod of psychological stability is pulled out

Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms, belonging to the Windsor dynasty, Supreme Commander of the armed forces of Great Britain, Supreme Ruler of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, considered the sovereign of 14 independent states, and formerly colonies and dominions: Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Jamaica, left this world on September 8 at the respectable age of 96 years.

Elizabeth II reigned and remotely ruled Britain for 70 years and 214 days. Seven years longer than her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who saw the heyday of the British Empire, which enslaved a third of the world; at that time the sun never set on the empire.

It’s not just the death of the longest-reigning monarch in British history.– BBC correspondent Nicholas Witchel, seconded to Buckingham Palace, comments. – This is the end of one of the most remarkable reigns in over 1000 years of history. British monarchy» (This is not just the death of the longest-reigning monarch in British history, this is the end of one of the most remarkable reigns in the more than 1,000 year history of the British monarchy.).

Sovereign with e-mail access

Elizabeth II, by virtue of her long stay on the throne, deserves careful study. We can and should talk about what has long been dubbed “the new (or second) Elizabethan era.” A distinctive mark of her reign: successful and not very successful efforts to modernize the House of Windsor in order to quickly adapt to changing trends in politics and the style of communication with loyal subjects, dictated by an increasingly technological and rapid pace and lifestyle.

Elizabeth II remained true to the values ​​​​and traditions absorbed from childhood, and what any monarchy is based on is one of the three most conservative institutions along with the school and the army. And combined this with the ability to keep up with the times, to adapt to a variety of normalities and abnormalities.

While studying at the founded in 1440 by King Henry VI a private school for boys, she learned the history and art of government from the book “The English Constitution” by Walter Bagehot, published … in 1867. And since Eton was intended to teach the male offspring of aristocratic families (21 British Prime Ministers are listed as its graduates), she was forced to put up with the teacher’s appeal to the “gentlemen” class.

In the Victorian era, it was considered necessary to “keep a distance” and keep commoners away from the crowned celestials, members of the royal family. It sounded like this:Can’t let daylight break the magic» (We must No let in daylight on the magic).

Elizabeth acted wisely when she accepted the competent advice of her courtiers: to lift the veil over the throne. The coronation on June 2, 1953 was broadcast on television for the first time. She liked to say:People need to see me to believe me.“. And she was the first IT-enlightened monarch in English history to send an e-mail.

The “public relations” service of Buckingham Palace vigilantly and tirelessly monitored the regular information support of the activities of members of the Windsor dynasty, media coverage of any significant act and word of the Queen. The piquant, but carefully selected details of the Queen’s life by PR people became public, which shortened the distance, but did not make the monarch’s halo fade.

It became deliberately known, for example, that before the coronation, Princess Elizabeth put on the crown already at breakfast in order to get used to her weight. The Crown of the British Empire, the most important attribute of power, in which the Queen appears annually at the opening of Parliament, is adorned with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 273 pearls and 5 rubies. The crown weighs 910 grams.

The Queen was not afraid to drop her reputation when she starred in a Bond-inspired video for the opening of the London Olympics, as well as in a playful video message to US President Barack Obama. Over the years, she made it her rule:Let’s not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom“.

At the same time, she did not forget, as her biographer Robert Hardman writes, to adhere to the principle of tranquility – serenity, which, according to the laws of psychological infection, should have been transmitted to her loyal subjects.

The minute details of public events held by the royal court, the emphasis on decorative elements in the life of the monarch and her family members, all together allowed Buckingham Palace to create the appearance of complete transparency and openness.

orphaned nation

Surveys of recent decades have routinely confirmed the existence of a strong core of orthodox monarchists, who were joined by sympathetic traditionalists and the public, who perceive the monarchy as an element of decoration in their lives.

For a significant segment of British society, Elizabeth II served as a symbol of the unity of the nation, which is now experiencing a postmodern half-life due to the imposed immoral attitudes such as gender identity and other false values.

The Queen embodied the image of an island of stability in the raging sea-ocean of the breaking old world order.

And this was of paramount importance for several generations of Britons, whose share fell to witness the controversial Thatcher reforms that pushed the de-industrialization of the former workshop of the world, the aggression against Iraq by Prime Minister Tony Blair, the withdrawal from the European Union by the efforts of the Cameron-May-Johnson prime ministers in the absence of understandable acquisitions and advantages – and current perturbations.

In the coming months, it will become clear how painfully the British feel that the core of psychological stability will be pulled out. How to correctly assess a critical situation Economisthaving lived such a long life, Elizabeth created the illusion of stability for a nation that was actually changing noticeably» (Having lived so long, Elizabeth created an illusion of the stability of the nation, which in fact changed noticeably.).

The upcoming “winter of our anxiety”, caused by the downward slide in the level and quality of life of citizens, will increase the feeling of orphanhood.

Will the former empire have to pay and repent

The departure of the long-lived queen, as the author of the magazine The Economistdeprives Britain of the thread that bound it together and was a link with the past» (This robs Britain of the thread that has woven the nation together and linked it to its past.).

For the former British, and now simply the Commonwealth of Nations, for which the figure of the sovereign in London served as the most important bonds, the moment of truth is coming. And, perhaps, the moment of retribution for the deeds of the white colonialists, for each of which in the metropolis at the beginning of the last century there were three slaves in the occupied lands.

I recall a radio broadcast during my English classes in Canada in the summer of 1976, on the eve of the Montreal Olympics, which was to be officially opened by the head of state of the former dominion, living across the ocean. A local commentator asked two provocative questions. Is Elizabeth II also the Queen of Canada with her republican form of government? And is it necessary to allow “people from outside” (people from the side) to open “our” Olympic Games?..

On the fifth continent, the “republican movement” that has existed since the last century has hardly run out of steam. Its adherents are in solidarity with the opinion of the historian Donald Horne: “Australia should have a constitution that says it is a sovereign independent nation“. In December 1996, an opinion poll published in the Sydney Morning Herald showed a Republican victory, 55 to 38, with 7 percent abstaining.

At the end of August, reported oncein Kenya, representatives of the ethnic groups Talai and Kipsigis, accusing Britain of appropriating (plundering) their lands, evicting and torturing their ancestors, filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). For the cumulative damage caused to them during the colonial robbery by the British Empire, the Kenyans demanded compensation in the amount of 168 billion pounds.

Even if we assume that this claim has no prospect of success in court, the audacious initiative of the descendants of the black slaves of the white colonialists in itself can set a precedent and inspire followers. In this case, the former reverence for the English crown among the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations will begin to disappear, and the demand for retribution will sound louder.

The queen is dead. Long live the king?

The consequences of the departure of the elder of the royal houses of Europe will be multifaceted for Britain itself. I refer to the opinion of the author Economistwhich indicates the difference of Britain inherited by Elizabeth in 1952 after the death of her father George VIand today. Now Britain isnothing more than a regional power in the North Atlantic; separatism threatens it from all sides; The Commonwealth, which is already falling apart, looks set to fall even further in her absence.» (Britain is now nothing more than a regional power in the North Atlantic; secession is under threat from all sides; The Commonwealth, already crumbling, looks set to fall even further without her.).

And the final conclusion:With her death, the last thread that connected Britain with the era of greatness broke.» (With her death, the last thread that connected Britain with the era of greatness broke.).

Will the 73-year-old Prince Charles, who automatically took the throne under the name of Charles III, be able to keep the halo of sacred royal power from fading? Will he be able to maintain this ancient, residual institution of absolutism, limited by an unwritten constitution and parliamentary checks and balances?

And it is still not clear what we in Russia can expect from Charles III? Unlike his mother, the crown prince was not tongue-tied in 2014, when he called the reunification of Crimea with Russia an “annexation” and allowed himself to compare the Russian president with Hitler…

The extent of Charles’ actual rather than feigned popularity remains a mystery. All local political scientists bashfully admit that Charles does not have the charisma, like his tragically deceased “People’s Princess” Diana, somewhat reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe with her deliberately restrained coquetry. Many still cannot forgive him Camille, who, let’s pay her tribute, for many years patiently endured streams of blasphemy against her from the fanatical admirers of Diana, charming, not stupid, who knew how to tame the press and conquer men.

It is possible that, after a carefully sustained pause, Karl III will follow the example of King Edward VIII, who abdicated in order to marry, as they say on Wikipedia, a divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Charles III he may well step aside (he also married a divorced Camilla) and cede the throne to his eldest son William, whose popularity is incomparably higher, and his age is more in line with the expectations of the public. Will the British find a new national symbol in William?

One way or another, the second Elizabethan era was over. Intermission!

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