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“The Pomegranate of Libra”… How will Britain move forward without Elizabeth?

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Queen Elizabeth II left an eventful history during the long period in which she was on the throne of the country.

And now, after her departure, there are question marks that impose themselves on the future of Britain, after Elizabeth, who has always been considered a “balance pomegranate” for the country’s political life for many years.

The almost universal phrase that was echoed in the eulogy of the late Queen Elizabeth II, about her role as a symbol of stability in Britain as well as as a fixed figure in an increasingly uncertain world, according to the writer Yasmine Sarhan, in a report published by the American “Time” magazine.

The Queen ascended the throne in 1952 and her era witnessed tremendous social changes.

Her son, King Charles III, said that “the moment of the death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is one of the saddest moments for me and all the members of my family,” and that her passing will leave a “deep feeling of sadness” around the world.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson described her in his eulogy on Friday as “an unchanging human reference point in British life”.

Sarhan says the queen has also been Britain’s star and a source of comfort at a time when endless turmoil appears to be more than just a symbolic face of the nation.
The challenge now facing the country is how to proceed without Queen Elizabeth, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 96.

She adds that while the way forward for Britain is clear (it has been several times before), the future of the British monarchy appears less certain.

King Charles III inherits the throne at a time when the monarchy as an institution still enjoys widespread support in Britain, with a slight majority of 62% in favour, according to a June poll.

But the outpouring of support and admiration for the Queen should not be mixed with the steadfast support of the royal family as a whole, especially after the recent fallout over the treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as allegations of sexual abuse facing her son Prince Andrew.

Yasmine Sarhan says the biggest test facing the new king is whether he can emulate his mother’s image of stability and preservation of the institution she has spent so much of her life trying to protect.
The Queen, who ascended the throne at just 25 years old, has had the age to prove herself. Charles, who is 73 and is the oldest monarch in British history, will not enjoy the same advantage.

Much of Charles’ public image has been shaped by his tenure as Prince of Wales, including rough periods of his private life including his relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who now takes the title Queen Consort, his separation from Princess Diana as well as his tumultuous attitudes about Wide-ranging issues such as climate change, China hedging, and the British government’s controversial methods of obstructing immigration.

reputation of impartiality

While the Queen has maintained a reputation for impartiality, choosing to rise above discord and leave politics to the politicians, Prince Charles has done just the opposite, even going so far as to delve into the highest levels of politics when he wrote a series of letters in 2004 and 2005 known as “The Black Spider Diaries”. , in which he pressed government ministers on a number of issues, in clear violation of the neutral and ceremonial role of the monarchy in British politics.

“Charles has activist tendencies,” says Richard Fitzwilliams, an expert on the royal family. “Maybe because, for the vast majority of his life, his primary job was to pursue his interests through his various foundations and charities.”

Brock Newman, a historian concerned with early modern Britain at Virginia Commonwealth University, told Time magazine that Charles “doesn’t have the same level of mystery that Queen Elizabeth II has acquired so successfully over her lifetime.” Aside from her love for corgis and horses, “(Elizabeth) was very careful not to voice a position on much of anything. She became an icon all over the world because people could project their hopes, dreams, fantasies, and anger on her and on the establishment because she embodied the crown in a way that I think would be The impossible for Charles to do because he already represents certain things.”

But for the monarchy to continue to be seen as a source of national unity and for the king to be able to carry out his ceremonial duties without inviting claims of partisanship, something that even at times haunted his mother’s strictly neutral reign, Fitzwilliam said the new king would need to keep his views in check. . Charles has acknowledged this fact in the past, and in his first national address since his accession to the throne, he admitted that as his role changed, “it would no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to charities and causes that I care deeply about”.

Preserving the symbolic value of the royal family is only part of the new king’s challenge. Another is ensuring that the institution remains fit for purpose at a time when ownership and the privileges of inheritance seem increasingly outdated. Here, Charles and his mother were pretty much on the loose. Both recognized the inevitability of reducing the royal family, both in terms of cost to taxpayers and public appearance, in line with public opinion. Under Charles, the effort is expected to be taken even further by reducing the royal family to just seven active working royals tasked with participating in official engagements, meeting foreign dignitaries, and representing the king in their absence, down from the current ten.

the biggest challenge

But Charles’ biggest challenge will be his ability to match the popularity of the late queen, who was not so tainted by scandals around her. When TIME spoke to mourners who gathered in the immediate aftermath of the Queen’s death, it was clear that no one expected Charles’ reign to rival that of his mother.

This does not necessarily reduce the pressure he will face, nor will it provide any consolation if the perception of the monarchy takes a turn for the worse. “Charles has had a lot of ups and downs,” Warren Cabral, who went to Buckingham Palace on Thursday to pay tribute to the Queen with his wife and son, told Time magazine on Thursday, “But he is inheriting the crown at his peak.”

But unlike his mother, Charles won’t bear the burden of looking after the crown for the next 70 years. It just needs to do this long enough to pass it on to the next generation in a healthy state.

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