70 years. The beginning of the transition – El Financiero

Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years of the British throne in the first days of June 2022. This will be the Diamond Jubilee and will make her the second active monarch with the most years on the throne after Louis XIV of France (72 years on the throne).

Officially, His Majesty turned 70 years old on February 6, when 7 decades of proper accession to the throne were added upon the death of his father, King George VI.

Since the death of her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (March 2021) the Queen’s health has slowly deteriorated. Despite being active, with meetings and meetings via zoom and a few small receptions at Windsor Castle where most of the pandemic has passed, His Majesty has been having mobility difficulties lately.

He himself commented on it with his odd sense of humor, on the day he celebrated his 96th birthday accompanied by a group of parents, almost his contemporaries, when he admitted it was difficult for him to walk.

Isabel II’s power and vitality had diminished and this led to a series of adjustments in the Royal House agenda and the Queen’s commitments.

This week, at the official Opening of the State Parliament, Elizabeth was absent for the first time in nearly 60 years. Throughout her reign, she was absent only in 1959, because of her pregnancy with Prince Andrew, and in 1963 because of Prince Edward’s pregnancy.

His Majesty’s traditional speech in front of the two Houses of Parliament has a protocol of hundreds of years in time. The Queen travels to the Palace of Westminster in a ceremonial horse-drawn carriage, wearing the royal mantle and imperial state crown used only for this occasion throughout the year.


She is usually accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, but many times she has also been accompanied by her son, Prince Charles.

The speech the king reads before members of the House of Lords and Commons – a democratically elected chamber of the citizens – is drafted by the Prime Minister’s office and provides an explanation of the plans, legislative initiatives and projects undertaken by His Majesty’s government. planned for the next fiscal year.

This week, Elizabeth II missed the honorable ceremony she has presided over for 67 years, interrupted only by two pregnancies and advanced age on this occasion.

It was the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornuales, and his son Prince William – who made his debut at the ceremony – who read the Queen’s speech.

Elizabeth II has begun to delegate some of her most valuable responsibilities to her family members. He had not attended the Commonwealth Summit in recent months, another engagement in which His Majesty was very serious. The Prince of Wales, heir to the throne in his stead, was sent.

At the opening of the Scottish Parliament in recent months, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were sent.

The Queen gradually withdrew from the public stage, leaving more and more tasks in the hands of her descendants.

For years, since Princess Diana’s death, and in the face of the bad press that persecuted Charles for a long time, it has been speculated that Her Majesty could abdicate in favor of her grandson, Prince William. This would never have happened, and it was impossible for Elizabeth II to voluntarily abdicate and abdicate. He considered it his life’s duty and responsibility, his highest duty, and his highest service to his country. Elizabeth II, like all her predecessors, with the exception of her uncle Edward VIII, will die on the throne and be succeeded by a new King in the person of Charles, Prince of Wales.

The goal is to reach the diamond jubilee, a grand celebration of 70 years on the throne, to celebrate his fantastic reign, the survival of the British monarchy in the face of so many crises and harsh challenges during the 20th century as well as during the 21st century. .

In preparation for this great event, it is well known that the king’s traditional journey through the four countries that make up England – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – is impossible for His Majesty. So they have commissioned Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Edward to represent the Queen in every corner of Great Britain.

Absent from all protocol ceremonies, such as official representation or the family’s traditional appearance on the central balcony of Buckingham Palace, parades, concerts and events presided over by His Royal Highness, will be his sons Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex.

The first was due to the alleged sexual scandal and his unclear relationship with passerby Jeffrey Epstein.

Meanwhile Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has decided – as is widely known – to step back from the activities and responsibilities of the royal family along with his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

Of course these two will be invited to a private celebration or event, but they won’t be appearing in any formal events.

The British Empire is gradually preparing for a smooth transition, avoiding the greatest number of surprises, as the end of Elizabeth’s era of modernity seems to be drawing near. It is also known as the golden age of fifteenth century English splendor, poetry, theater and economic growth under the reign of Elizabeth I of England (1558-1603) which had a long 45 years on the throne.

Elizabeth II has undoubtedly marked an era by defending with dignity, commitment, impeccable honesty the role of head of the Monarchy, head of the Anglican Church, the Courts and Armed Forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Charles, Prince of Wales will ascend to the throne upon the death of his mother, and will have a reign that many predict as short and transitional, given his age (74).

William of Cambridge has shown – unlike his brother Henry – to assume with seriousness and deep commitment the duties and duties of the second heir in the line of succession. His wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has more than lived up to expectations and has shown absolute loyalty to the crown, the Queen and her husband.

At least the Windsor dynasty was secured for another two generations.

Stuart Martin

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