Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the British throne in the first days of June 2022. It will be the Diamond Jubilee and will make her the second active monarch with the most years on a throne after Louis XIV of France (72 years on the throne) .
Formally, His Majesty already turned 70 on February 6, when the exact 7 decades of his accession to the throne were added at the time of 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. Although active, with meetings and meetings via zoom and some minor receptions at Windsor Castle where most of the pandemic has passed, Her Majesty is experiencing mobility difficulties these days.
She herself commented on it with her peculiar sense of humor, the day she celebrated her 96th birthday accompanied by a group of older people, almost her contemporaries, when she confessed that it was hard for her to walk.
The strength and vitality of Elizabeth II has diminished and this has caused a series of adjustments in the Royal House’s agenda and the Queen’s commitments.
This very week, at the official State Opening of Parliament, Elizabeth was absent for the first time in almost 60 years. In her entire reign, she was absent only in 1959, due to her pregnancy with Prince Andrew, and in 1963 due to Prince Edward’s pregnancy.
His Majesty’s traditional speech in front of both Houses of Parliament has hundreds of years of punctual protocol. The queen goes to the Palace of Westminster in a ceremonial horse-drawn carriage, wearing the royal mantle and the imperial crown of state that is used only for this occasion throughout the year.
She was usually accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, but many times she did too, accompanied by her son Prince Charles.
The speech that the monarch reads in front of the members of the House of Lords and Commons -the chamber democratically elected by the citizens- is drafted by the Prime Minister’s office and gives an account of the plans, legislative initiatives and projects that His Majesty’s government has planned for the following legislative year.
This week, Elizabeth II did not attend this revered ceremony that she has led for 67 years, interrupted only by two pregnancies and her advanced age on this occasion.
It was the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornuales, and by his son Prince William -who made his debut at this ceremony- who read the Queen’s speech.
Elizabeth II has begun to delegate some of her most precious responsibilities to members of her family. She did not attend the Commonwealth Summit in recent months, another engagement to which Her Majesty takes the utmost seriousness. The Prince of Wales, heir to the throne in her place, 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 withdraws from the public scene, allowing more and more tasks into the hands of her descendants.
For years, since the death of Princess Diana, and in the face of the bad press that persecuted Charles for a long time, it was speculated that His Majesty could abdicate in favor of his grandson, Prince William. This will never happen, and Elizabeth II is unlikely to voluntarily abdicate and step down from the throne. She considers it her life duty and responsibility, her highest task, and her supreme service to her country. Elizabeth II, like all her predecessors, with the exception of her uncle Edward VIII, will die on the throne giving way to a new King in the person of Charles, Prince of Wales.
The goal is to reach the diamond jubilee, the great celebration for 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 and also during the 21st.
For the preparations for this great event, it is already known that the monarch’s traditional trip through the four countries that make up the United Kingdom -England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland- will be impossible for Her Majesty. So they have already assigned 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 those official representations or the traditional appearance of the family on the central balcony of Buckingham Palace, the parades, concerts and events led by Her Majesty, will be her son Prince Andrew, Duke of York and the Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex.
The first due to the sexual scandal of the accused and his unpresentable relationship with the pederast Jeffrey Epstein.
While Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, decided – as is widely known – to withdraw from the activities and responsibilities of the royal family together with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Surely both will be invited to celebrations or private events, but they will not appear in any official act.
The British Monarchy is gradually preparing for a smooth transition, avoiding the greatest number of shocks, when the end of the Elizabethan era of modernity is clearly approaching. This is also known as the golden age of English splendor of the fifteenth century, poetry, theater and economic growth under the reign of Elizabeth I of England (1558-1603) who had a long duration of 45 years on the throne.
Elizabeth II has undoubtedly marked an era by sustaining with dignity, commitment, impeccable rectitude the role of head of the Monarchy, head of the Anglican Church, of the Courts and of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Charles, Prince of Wales will assume the throne on the death of his mother, and will have a reign that many predict as short and transitional, given his age (74 years).
William of Cambridge has shown -unlike his brother Henry- to assume with deep seriousness and commitment the obligations and tasks of the second heir in the line of succession. His wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has more than met expectations and has shown absolute loyalty to the crown, the Queen and her husband.
There is a Windsor dynasty secured for two more generations, at least.
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Elizabeth II: 70 years. The beginning of the transition