The past few days have shown that the fears that the monarchy could collapse under their rule are unfounded. Yes, the empire will continue to shrink as island nations in the Caribbean, and potentially larger ones like Australia, tend to become republics. There may also be a showdown with the colonial past.
But the Commonwealth is growing and the ties are stronger. She did her life’s work to ensure that. And members of the royal family are likely to remain relevant.
“Although I may not have personally attended every event, my heart was with all of you; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, with the support of my family, “she wrote.
Together, the Queen was seen in public less than 30 minutes from Thursday, instead of raising her son, Prince Charles and grandson Prince William, to take office.
There was an outpouring of goodwill towards both of them during the Saturday night in the palace. Seen by 13 million people live, many more via streaming services and millions of others around the world, the future kings were regularly cheered on by the audience during the two and a half hours of the music event.
The Queen also praised her son and grandson for continuing to work as the Duke of Edinburgh during part of the environmental concert, in what he was apparently aware of as an attempt to show an instrumental role that both Charles and William can now play on the world stage.
In doing so, she clearly passed the baton on to the next generation.
Children have always been an integral part of great royal occasions, and children from Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, seven- and four-year-old Prince Louis, the undisputed star of Buckingham Palace balconies and the Royal Choice Box, captured the nation’s imagination.
Many speeches about the reduced monarchy that Charles envisioned showed a clear line drawn between those royal who work for the Firm and those who do not.
William and Kate made an unplanned decision to bring George and Charlotte to Saturday’s concert as they excitedly waved Union flags and sang alongside Rod Stewart’s Sweet Caroline.
They seemed as shocked as anyone when they saw their great-grandmother drinking tea with Paddington as well as the rest of the country. The two older children also went on a public trip to Cardiff Castle in Wales the day before, taking a rare walk.
On Sunday morning, they posted photos showing George, Charlotte and Louis baking cakes for street parties while the nation took part in similar activities.
The new generation will grow up with these children and as their parents carefully guard their privacy, it is clear that they are beginning to understand the lives ahead of them.
Above all, the past few days have made Britain feel good again. Something the Queen admitted to her in a personal message of gratitude Monday morning when she said she hoped “this renewed sense of community will be felt for many years to come”.
Charles was also optimistic about the lasting effects of the jubilee, telling the guest at lunch at the Oval cricket field: “When it comes to Monday, will we return to the quarrel? Let’s hope we don’t do that. “
But above all, it was a timely reminder that dignity and duty have their place in the world and must be celebrated. And that things will continue when she leaves.
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