Her presence unites us
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now reigned for 60 years. They have been decades of change, agitation and decline, not least in the great institutions of state - Parliament, Church and Monarchy itself. But through it all, the Queen has been a constant: a shield against extremes and revolution; an anchor in a sea of relativity; a rock of faith. She has preserved and protected, guarded and sustained, guided and inspired. Not because she is Queen, but because she is wise, discerning and faithful.
No other leader on the planet has survived through such a prolonged period of social, political and economic transformation. She has seen the family fracture, politics debased, and sterling decline. Through the policies of her 12 prime ministers, the foundations have been chipped away and the fabric frayed. But still she reigns, albeit as a citizen of the European Union subject to the judgments and rulings of superior courts.
She reigns, but she is no longer sovereign. In this treasoness negation, she has been poorly advised by her ministers, coerced by her Privy Council, and betrayed by parasitic politicians. Over 60 years of manipulation and intrigue, the institution of which she is Head has lost its magic; the institution of which she is Supreme Governor has misplaced its authority. We now lack an institutional framework, a systematic theology, a unifying moral code around which society might coalesce. There has never, of course, been an era when orthodoxy enjoyed a monopoly of popular loyalty, except in the national consciousness which is peppered with myth and sentiment. But never in our nation's history has there been such a period of sustained immigration through an active state policy of multiculturalism, resulting in an irreducible plurality and a fragmented community of disparate communities.
But it is her presence which unites us. The Church’s Supreme Governor is also the Head of State, and by virtue of being so, she is obliged to exercise her public outward government in a manner which accords with the private welfare of her subjects – of whatever creed, ethnicity, sexuality or political philosophy. Queen Elizabeth II may no longer be sovereign, but she reigns in the hearts of her people.
God Save the Queen! Long Live the Queen!