The queen’s medical concerns will now punctuate the news: the ultimate way, for the British monarchy, to cement a country that is crumbling.
The Queen of England is going to die, that’s understood. One day. When you reach the ripe old age of 95, you have to think about it from time to time. So far, she has spent a night in the hospital and canceled a few engagements. And then she has a pain in her back. And the UK is shaking (and even a little more).
We have the impression that this is it, that the macabre countdown has been launched. Prince Philip died in April, the summer mourning is over, all eyes are on Elizabeth, as if there was no longer a rampart. As if this was the last test of his interminable reign: to watch, to hear, to read speculations about his own death.
Only here, even that, it’s part of the job. Dying is part of the job when you are sovereign of England. The storytelling of the end of a reign is yet another way of strengthening the monarchy. We must push professionalism to this point, still offer the kingdom this symbol of unity which can hardly be found except in his person. It doesn’t matter if the chrysanthemums are inaugurated by Charles in his name, his mere existence is enough. So she will have back pain, be tired, the releases may be a little more numerous over time, to occupy the comments. “Never explain, never complain”, never complain, never justify yourself. This is Elizabeth’s last gift: to give her subjects the opportunity to unite behind her pains.
That she abdicate, claim some commentators: her job is to cut ribbons, if she can no longer do it, it is because she can no longer be able to do it. No, his job is to embody, with or without a ribbon, with or without chrysanthemums. And suffering further strengthens the incarnation
The health of the queen will punctuate the months and years to come. Like that of Pope John Paul II brought together Christendom at the end of his pontificate. Cancellations will follow one another (or not), non-cancellations will also become events. We will only talk about that on certain days in the English press. All of this will cement a United Kingdom which has, however, only crumbled since the beginning of the reign. Successful exit, Elizabeth II’s last challenge. It is not forbidden to think that it amuses him a little.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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