Reviews | Queen Elizabeth doesn’t take sick days lightly

Yet Queen Elizabeth stuck to the ‘very simple’ vow she made as the 21-year-old princess. Decade after decade, as her imagery of the currencies of the many Commonwealth realms in which she is still the constitutional head of state changed to reflect a mature queen, she continued to faithfully carry out her many functions. royal, which often included long journeys. In the process, she became the oldest and longest-serving British monarch, and if she is still on the throne on May 27, 2024, she will overtake Louis XIV of France, as the longest-reigning European monarch of all. the temperature. (He got the job when he was 4.)

This is the only point of comparison between Elizabeth II and the flamboyant Sun King, who took care to magnify her absolute reign in sumptuous paintings and palaces. Reserve, simplicity and obedience to constitutional constraints were intrinsic to Queen Elizabeth’s reign, creating a picture that writers, artists, directors, tabloids, haberdasheries and the public have filled with color, emotions and details as they see fit.

Helen Mirren’s Queens Elizabeth, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, three of the actresses who played her, are very different, though each is a plausible take on the known facts of her life. The Queen’s Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe, insisted that the royal palace was not “complicit in the interpretations” made in “The Crown”.

Mrs. Colman, who played the queen in this series, seen in her an “ultimate feminist”. “She is the breadwinner. It’s the one on our coins and banknotes. Prince Philip must walk behind her. She repaired cars during WWII. She insisted on driving a king who came from a country where women were not allowed to drive.

On her Christmas show in 1966, the Queen explicitly addressed the stresses women face around the world. “Despite these handicaps, it is women who have instilled gentleness and attention to the hard progress of humanity,” she said.

Comments like this and shows like “The Crown” can make people feel like they know Queen Elizabeth. Still, it’s a measure of her mystique that no one knows for sure if she’s seen any of the movies or TV series about her. Likewise, for all the crises she’s faced, from Princess Diana’s death to Prince Andrew’s friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, it’s unclear how these affected her. Maybe that’s what Mr. McCartney meant with the phrase “Her Majesty is a pretty sweet girl / But she changes day by day.”

The paradox is that through all the changes – the scandals, Britain’s hesitant entry into the European Union, the heartbreaking exit from the country and all the other upheavals in the world – and despite the fact that we know about it really so little about her, the image of the sturdy and politely smiling little queen in pastel-colored coats and matching hats, sometimes accompanied by an equally sturdy little Welsh Corgi, has become a reassuring constant over the decades. There are not a lot.

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