Monday, February 06, 2012

The Diamond Queen – congratulations, Ma’am


Today Her Majesty the Queen celebrates the most happy and joyous occasion of the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne. Echoing the pledge she made as a young princess back in 1947 to dedicate her life to the service of her people, she has issued a statement to the nation to mark the occasion:
"I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.

"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth."
For the Queen, this is a day tinged with some sadness as it also marks the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI, who, 60 years ago, put his hand into the Hand of God and trod safely into the unknown. The cry ‘The King is dead. Long live the Queen!’ is both brutal in its insensitivity and joyous in its benevolence. It represents monarchical continuity, whence flow stability, security and peace.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes today only the second monarch of these Britannic Isles to achieve this quite remarkable milestone, which historians and future generations will doubtless view as the zenith of the second Elizabethan era. The whole United Kingdom along with the other 15 nations over which the Queen reigns, not to mention the other 38 Commonwealth countries and much of the rest of the world, will hold celebrations over the coming months, culminating on the weekend of 2-5 June (DV), with street parties, services of thanksgiving, fireworks, medals and coins minted, a concert at Buckingham Palace, a pageant at Windsor Castle, a nationwide chain of jubilee beacons and, for the first time since the 18th century, a Royal Barge will transport the Monarch along the Thames in one of the largest flotillas ever assembled. It will be the jewel in the crown of one of the most spectacular events in our nation’s history.

Simon Heffer is right to point out that the Queen is our greatest asset: as here-today-gone-tomorrow politicians win and lose, rise and fall, and come and go, the Monarch provides a reassuring spiritual continuity and political stability in a world of frequent unthinking change and paralysing uncertainty. Over six decades, Her Majesty has shaken hands with 12 British prime ministers and seen the same number of US presidents come and go. If she has inherited her mother’s genetic disposition to longevity, she is likely to see her Platinum Jubilee and shake hands with another three prime ministers (now that we have fixed-term parliaments) and entertain five more US presidents. If you imagine a single monarch having reigned through the 60 years from Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee of 1897 to 1957, one may begin to apprehend something of the vast sweep of world history and societal revolution through which Queen Elizabeth II has reigned.

And she is admired, respected and loved. Not universally, by any means – either as an individual or the institution she represents. But she is dignified in the presence of contention and gracious to her opponents. As the mystery of majesty has gradually dissipated and egalitarian human rights have supplanted the echoes of the Divine Right, Queen Elizabeth II is our Sovereign, but she is no longer sovereign. Successive generations of scurvy politicians have plotted and schemed to deprive her of her Royal status if not her style.

There are those who take the view that, like her ancestor King George III, she could and should have refused Royal Assent to any parliamentary bill which forced her to compromise her Coronation Oath; any bills which caused her to break her promise before God and the British people to ‘maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel... maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law... (and) maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England...’. Her Majesty takes her role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England very seriously; indeed, the consecrated oil with which she was anointed at her coronation is of far greater significance to her than the rubies and diadems of the Imperial State Crown. Her sacred and spiritual duties weigh more heavily on her heart and mind than matters temporal.

Perhaps she should have told Ted Heath in 1973 and Harold Wilson in 1975 that they were deceiving her people. Perhaps she did exercise her constitutional right to warn them: we cannot know. Perhaps she should have reminded Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown that there is no power on earth to absolve her from the observance of every sentence of her Oath, and that were she to violate it she would cease to be legal Sovereign or legally sovereign in her Kingdom. Perhaps she should remind David Cameron that sovereignty belongs to her people: it is not his to surrender or abrogate on anyone’s behalf. And the British Constitution is a delicate tapestry of gilded and interwoven threads: it is not his to unpick for the ephemeral sake of political expediency.

In paying tribute today to ‘the magnificent service of Her Majesty the Queen’, the Prime Minister referred to her ‘experience, dignity and quiet authority (with which) she has guided and united our nation and the Commonwealth over six varied decades’. Interestingly, he mentions that some people characterise the Monarchy as simply ‘a glittering ornament, a decoration on our national life’, of which he proclaims: ‘That misunderstands our constitution and it underestimates our Queen.’

Quite.

Perhaps therefore he ought not to treat the Institution as a bauble, and the Settlement as mere parliamentary statute. For you reap what you so: it is God who sets up princes and kings, and it is He who removes their sovereignty. In Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we have a Monarch whose intelligence and statecraft have steered the Institution of Monarchy through some of the most tumultuous decades with just as many encroaching threats of foreign invasion and interference as were manifest in the first Elizabethan era. Supplant the Pope of Rome with the Treaty of Rome, and exchange Spain for Brussels, and you arrive at the same juncture: the need for legal buttresses against the jurisdiction of foreign princes and potentates. On 6th February 1952, the Queen was sovereign: on 6th February 2012, she is a mere citizen of the European Union, and as a citizen of that political entity she is subject to past and future judgements of the Court of the European Communities, from which there is no appeal. Her own courts are subject to the rulings of the higher European courts: her status as a citizen of the EU has rendered her, like the rest of the British people, ‘subject to the duties imposed thereby’.

Just as Parliament, over the centuries, has gradually appropriated the Crown’s prerogative powers for itself, that same Parliament, over recent decades, has incrementally surrendered more and more of that power to Brussels. But His Grace has faith: what Parliament can give away, it can reassert. Our Gracious Queen doubtless understands this, and the hope and prayer is that she will live to see our national liberation from the shackles of the Treaty of Rome just as the first Queen Elizabeth witnessed divine deliverance from the Spanish Armada.

God Save the Queen!

20 Comments:

Blogger graham wood said...

"she (HMG) is subject to past and future judgements of the Court of the European Communities, from which there is no appeal".

But many have appealed - to the sovereign God against this self appointed European Union and its faux authority, and its time for judgment and dissolution nears for:

"He (God) shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead" (Job 34:24).

There is one further service HMG can render to her subjects in the UK should it be necessary, and that is to refuse her Royal Assent to any Coalition Bill to legalise homosexual 'marriage' in the uK which Mr Cameron is planning.

6 February 2012 at 09:45  
Blogger bluedog said...

Excellent comment, Your Grace, strikes exactly the right note.

It is impossible to fully comprehend the extent of the Queen's influence over so many years, but it is undoubtedly very great indeed. The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms are truly blessed to have as their head of state an absolutely uncorruptible woman who only ever acts in the best interests of her people. And they have enjoyed this privilege for so long that there has been a temptation to take this great good fortune for granted. But that period of questioning and indecision now seems past and one detects a true appreciation of our Queen's qualities.

May we still say, 'Long to reign over us'.

Your Grace's political observation, 'But His Grace has faith: what Parliament can give away, it can reassert.' is timely. The actions of the Conservative 1922 Committee are increasingly those of the real opposition within the British polity. One can venture that the 1922 Committee is infinitely more effective than Mr Farage and UKIP in protecting British sovereignty.

Knights sans peur et sans reproche indeed.

6 February 2012 at 10:35  
Blogger Simon said...

Your Grace,

As you point out, today is the the anniversary of the death of Her Majesty's father. Today she commemorates, not celebrates. It is the anniversary of hercoronation that she celebrates, with its consecration and its acclamation by the people (formalised though it is in the form of the coronation service).

However, this June is the 59th anniversary of her coronation, which was in 1953.

6 February 2012 at 10:55  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Simon,

You are quite right, of course. His Grace has amended.

6 February 2012 at 11:07  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thank you,Your Grace. I also pray that she may yet see our deliverence from the hand of the Oppressor. Indeed, I hope she may somehow participate in that deliverance.

In the meantime, if only we could find a way to retrieve and destroy those vile bits of parchment (illegal as they are)!

6 February 2012 at 11:10  
Blogger Alison Judith Bailey said...

Today is also Charles Dickens 200th birthday but there is not much mention of it, here or in the newspapers - as far as I can see. Prince Charles laying wreath in Abbey now.

But it is a "double celebration". I wish it were called "Accession Day" and we had poetry and jousts still at Whitehall - as happened just after your Grace's era.

6 February 2012 at 11:32  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

AJB Said @ 6 February 2012 11:32

"But it is a "double celebration". I wish it were called "Accession Day" and we had poetry and jousts still at Whitehall - as happened just after your Grace's era." Indeed, young lady.

Ernst especially wishes there were still the stocks, at the disposal of the common peoples, so we could put traitors and miscreants (MP's, etc spring to mind) in them and lob tomatoes at them..preferably whilst still in their tins.

Best Wishes Your Majesty. Your father was a very good king and sorely missed by those who remember him.

Ernst

6 February 2012 at 12:33  
Blogger David B said...

His Grace said 'For you reap what you so: it is God who sets up princes and kings, and it is He who removes their sovereignty'

Is it also his view that it is God who sets up despotic dictators, Bliars and Bushes, nepotist murderous Popes, Caliphs and Imams...?

If not, then why the one and not the others?

If so, wouldn't it be appropriate to question the putative God's judgement?

Inquiring minds want to know.

David B

6 February 2012 at 13:52  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

A call for appreciation and continuance of the dedication to her duty and for life of the Queen and what do you get in the very first comment:-

blah blah blah'...to legalise homosexual 'marriage' ...blah blah blah - talk about appropriatness and timing what a sorry, fixated saddo - Bloody pathetic!

6 February 2012 at 14:02  
Blogger Richard Brown said...

I'm glad to see that Charles Dickens has survived to celebrate his 200th Birthday today. I just hope his wizened old lungs will have the puff to blow out all those candles.

Perhaps we should not dignify the dead alongside the living. The Queen is very much up and running and Defending the Faith in ways which our Bishops seem incapable of, and which her son doesn't even seem to see the need of.

And the other one - he's a dead author, isn't he?

6 February 2012 at 15:00  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
A theme of great significance. We are blessed to have such a gracious Queen and long may she reign. Certainly long enough to prevent Charles from inheriting. She has had great tribulation with her children over recent years and I wonder how the lack of Christian influence has arisen?
I wonder as to why the speaker failed in her duties to act upon the letter by Norris McWhirter in 1993 which called for the Speakers intervention, as per her authority, to oppose measures that would undermine the constitution and the sovereignty of the Monarch and the Country.
Those who oppose the EU would be appalled at the measures that were enacted that caused Her Majesty to give away part of her sovereignty. I trust that this situation might be reversed in her life time.

6 February 2012 at 15:06  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

'I wish it were called "Accession Day".'
In the Book of Common Prayer it is called "the Anniversary of the day of the Accession", and the public prayers provided for the occasion are called the "Accession Service".

6 February 2012 at 17:31  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. What a magnificent head of state we have in Elizabeth II. And if, in your opinion Ma’am, it would be better to dismiss parliament and yourself govern in their stead and in doing so extract us from the EU, then that’s alright with the Inspector, your majesty.

6 February 2012 at 18:18  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

I think we have been blessed with a great Monarch and I join with others in offering my best wishes to her.

As for the Constitutional and historical religio-political points made, they can wait for another time.

6 February 2012 at 18:44  
Blogger IanCad said...

A wonderful post YG.
Bluedog, You are so right. Change must come through the Conservative Party.

6 February 2012 at 20:45  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

David Bsaid ...

"Inquiring minds want to know."

Then read scripture and consider the comments of Christian scholars and Church Fathers.

Or do you really mean atheistic minds want to poor scorn on those who understand? If so, why not scurry off back to your website and pleasure yourself in the companyoflike minded individuals?

7 February 2012 at 00:04  
Blogger Joe Daniels said...

The exclusion of the EU from the documentary speaks volumes - especially as the BBC receives millions from it per year; it wouldn't want to upset the applecart by revealing that the British morarch is a subject of Brussels, would it?

Equally galling was the exclusion of patriots who aren't the BBC's sort of people, but who comprise a major force of loyal subjects - like the English Defence League and Casuals United.

7 February 2012 at 06:44  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

psycophantic babble ,the stockholm syndrome writ large,and this poor victim of parliamentary tyranny somehow requires our pity?This person is one of the prime movers of the new world order and completely in league with rothschilds agenda for a world dominated by a tiny elite,and yet still you grovel,after all of the lawful,moral requests for redress of grievances that have been delievered and ignored,for the violations of our ststute laws,the imposition of foreign rulers,whom the English people neither asked for ,nor voted for,if this person is unwilling to defend thier constitutional rights ,what is her purpose apart from decieving the people into a false belief that they live in a "democracy",that they have "rights",that we have a plural form of governance,all of this patently untrue,and can be directly attribtable to her refusal to honour her oaths before god,and the millions that she lied to.Assenting to one treaty may be regarded as political expediency,with a view to attaining a greater good at a future date,but six,which destroy the very fabric of our country is something other than that,it is a treasonable action ,which far from enriching the English people ,has rendered them more slave than free,and this you all applaude,as if it is a great gift,instead of vile repression.Wear your rfid chip with pride and welcome your damnation.

7 February 2012 at 08:52  
Blogger Tyndale said...

Tyndale

A hearty "Amen"

7 February 2012 at 11:30  
Blogger Graham Combs said...

Your Grace, A moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth. My father returned from England after the war (a sailor on a US Navy destroyer) and converted to the Episcopal Church. Our ancestral roots are English, Scottish,Welsh, and Irish. As it happens I was born 11 days after Her Majesty's accession. Although now a Roman Catholic, I have admiration for her sense of duty and service. I suspect Her Majesty and the Holy Father have more in common than not. When Queen Victoria died there was public mourning in the US. She had believed in ending slavery and Americans remembered her support. Whenever friends make the usual jokes about the British Monarchy, I've devised my own response. A German family immigrates to Britain and works its way up the Throne of England. It's the all American story. Thank you again. Faith matters. Tradition matters.

14 February 2012 at 00:57  

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