London. The death of Queen Elizabeth has set in motion a perfect organizational machine that draws heavily on the country’s centuries-old history. All quintessentially English. On 19 September, after the funeral in Westminster Abbey and the burial in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the ceremonial curtain will fall on the longest-lived sovereign of the kingdom and the of Charles III. The queen is dead, long live the king. But the political effects of the events of these hours will unfold for years to come.
Queen Elizabeth was a strongly political figure: ascended to the throne in 1952, for the British she embodied, not only represented, the monarchical institution, the historical and cultural link between modernity and a past in which the country often, at least for the past 500 years, it has had a place at the center of history. Passed through the suffering, the dedication, the heroisms of the Second World War, the imperial decline, the economic difficulties of the 70s and the painful Thatcherian reforms, the roaring 90s, the economic ups and downs of the new millennium, Brexit, hieratic as a Greek kore yet charmingly charismatic, Elizabeth renewed and reinvigorated the popularity of the monarchy in England. Being English means being monarchists: Charles will not be ousted, after him William will ascend the throne and so on for generations to come. Republican sympathies and movements are irrelevant. In Scotland the queen was also a popular figure, far more than any London government and politician, regardless of color. In the short term, his death could favor the unionist cause: the wave of collective popular emotion, the Kingdom at the center of the world political scene for weeks, the condolences of leaders from all over the world, the gargantuan media binges of these days, could cause to lean many undecided in favor of maintaining the unity of the Kingdom. A second referendum for independence is not yet planned but in the plans of the Scottish Prime Minister Sturgeon it should be held next year (from London, at the moment, there is a sharp no). A strategy that risks derailing if Elizabeth’s death were to convince many people north of the wall that staying in the Union, as well as utilitarianly convenient, is also very cool.
The impact on the Commonwealth Realm could be very different, the set of 15 countries of which the queen was still head of state, part of the larger Commonwealth of Nations (56 member states, many of them former colonies of the British Empire) . Queen Elizabeth, her personal charm that emphasized the political, historical, ceremonial seduction exercised by the figure of the English monarch, played a fundamental role in keeping these countries tied to the crown, limiting the number of those who chose to become republics. The task to which Carlo is called will be arduous, who will not only have to replace his mother but prove to be up to his fascinating charisma. Especially with regard to the Caribbean countries, where Barbados broke away from the English monarchy last November and became a republic and six other countries have declared their intention to start the same path to punish the crown of the colonial period. The same motivation that prompted Santiago Cuneo, the Argentine presenter, to toast live to the death of the “old Nazi”. Each has its own Marco Rizzo.
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Without the charisma of Elizabeth Commonwealth in turmoil. The pushes to leave and the insults
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