Platinum Jubilee Celebrating 70 Years of the Queen's Accession Hidden Glimpses into the Future of the Monarchy |  CBC News

Platinum Jubilee Celebrating 70 Years of the Queen’s Accession Hidden Glimpses into the Future of the Monarchy | CBC News

Who is on the balcony?

There’s a reason this seemingly random question intrigues royal watchers every time a major event shines the public spotlight on the royal family.

And perhaps not more so over the next few days, as Queen Elizabeth celebrates her platinum jubilee and 70 years as queen.

Today’s appearance of royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London – and perhaps another such appearance later in the long weekend of the extended jubilee – offers subtle hints about the future of the monarchy, even as much attention is focused on the 96-year-old Queen She is a year old and has an unprecedented seven decades on the throne.

“It’s a great title and achievement for the Queen, but it does indicate that … no one is immortal,” David Johnson, a professor of political science at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, said in an interview.

“We see that… the Queen is slowing down.”

Balcony viewers like this one during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 could telegraph how the royal family sees the future of the monarchy as it evolves. In this case, the focus was on senior members of the royal family, from left, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Queen Elizabeth; Prince William; Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. And Prince Harry. (Lefteris Petarakis/The Associated Press)

Preparing for the next judgement

With the balcony advent today that is restricted to senior members of the royal family – neither Prince Andrew nor Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex – there is another reminder of what many see as a sign of a weak monarchy favored by the Queen’s heir, her eldest son Prince Charles.

Johnson also sees hints of the future in the ways the jubilee is being celebrated beyond the festivities that seep into the streets of London over the next few days.

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Johnson, author of Battle Royale: Royalists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada.

“The Jubilee itself will highlight both the Queen but also some of the deeper and more comprehensive social concerns and interests of the Queen and her eldest son.”

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles pose for a photo in the garden of Frogmore House on March 23, 2021, in Windsor, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images/Associated Press)

As the Queen slows down, and other members of the royal family take on more of what she used to do, there is no reason to be in any way detached from the events taking place inside the House of Windsor now.

John Fraser, author of Secret of the Crown: Canada’s Relationship with Kingsin an interview.

She was very shrewd. She made decisions… She made the decision about Camilla to be the Queen’s wife. She prepares us all for this,” said Fraser, founding president and fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada.

different era

What “this” would be is a matter of concern and discussion, coming as it is at a time of broader reckoning in society with our past and our institutions.

Elizabeth represents such a specific period of time, such a specific mindset, and the world has evolved and changed so much, that it seems that this seventieth anniversary should be more than just a celebration of her reign, but perhaps also a way forward. [to] Playwright Marcia Johnson in Toronto, who participated in the play “Other Things,” said Elizabeth’s service It tells the story of Mercy, a staunch anti-monarchy who is assigned to attend to Elizabeth’s needs when she is on a 1952 trip to Kenya and learns that she has become queen.

“It’s hard to imagine Charles and then William – they seem to exist in this modern world and [Elizabeth] “It represents … a different era,” Johnson said.

“If ever there was a time to say, well, that was interesting and now we don’t have a monarchy anymore, I think that would be the time if it’s over with her.”

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Johnson, born in Jamaica, was inspired by an episode of the Netflix drama to write her play the crownwho also explored that journey Elizabeth was taking when she learned that her father, King George VI, had died.

“The things I used to say Elizabeth’s service It is not a fairy tale and we may be in a post-colonial era but there are many people and countries that are still suffering from the effects of British rule.”

In a performance of Serving Elizabeth at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, in 2021, Arlene Duncan, left, is played by Mercy, a chef hired to meet the 1952 royal visit to Kenya in 1952 by Princess Elizabeth, played by Sarah Topham, right. (David Hu / Stratford Festival)

Now, as the events of Jubilee unfold, Johnson is interested to see how it will be reported in the news, and how that relates to the future of the monarchy.

“I have nothing against Elizabeth, but it’s not the only story,” Johnson said. “It represents so much more than that and we in the world seemingly open our eyes to…our history and deal with things and try to fix them, so this is a perfect opportunity to say yes, look at what you’ve accomplished, but it’s time to rethink those things.

“Should they get paid for what they get paid? Should they give back some of the land they have, you know? Just think about it. I don’t think it has to come from a racy place. It’s just the facts.”

Several members of the royal family often joined Queen Elizabeth on the Buckingham Palace balcony, as they did here at Trooping the Color in June 2019, but no such scene will unfold on Thursday, as the balcony’s appearance is limited to senior staff. and their children. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Weak future?

Fraser says people are “looking everywhere” for clues as to what the future of the monarchy might look like.

“They come fast and furious. The fact that Prince Charles has read [U.K] Speech from the throne… I would be very surprised if this queen ever gave another speech from the throne,” he said.

“We will see a good example in this platinum jubilee of things to come in the next couple of years. I fully expect the Queen to make her century if not more, but it will continue to ebb and Charles will continue to advance.”

Moreover, there is a sense that Prince Charles will focus his reign on a smaller core group of royals to take on working roles within the House of Windsor.

“We know Charles wants a slimmer version so there won’t be a lot of roles for Princess Eugenie – that crowd [of royals further down in the line of succession] Fraser said.

Johnson, a professor of political science, predicts that the traditions of monarchy will continue.

Prince Charles reads the Queen’s address during the official opening of the British Parliament in London on May 10, 2022. (Ben Stansall/The Associated Press)

“The 1,000-year foundation, and the main roles, will continue,” he said, noting that the philanthropic role of the monarchy will continue as well, but with a shift in priority.

“You will notice more focus on environmental matters, interests near and dear to Charles going back 20, 30 or 40 years,” he said.

In Canada, too, it is predicted that the monarchy will survive the transition to the next era. But he sees another question: Will you thrive?

“This is the challenge.”

2022-06-02 10:17:39

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