You can loathe the idea of ​​a monarchy – and our history with the British Crown – and still respect how Queen Elizabeth did her job

Queen Elizabeth’s death got me thinking. Like many Irish people, I get a rash at the idea of ​​monarchy, and my immediate reaction to its royal demise was to ignore it or grunt at it.

But the news junkie in me wouldn’t let me ignore the drama and pageantry, and as I moved past the knees I realized there was more to it than the biased eye realized.

There was the woman, the story and the office.

As a human, she lived a predetermined life that was meant for her from the beginning. In this respect she had much in common with many Irish farmers. She was like the son who was chosen to be the farmer whether he wanted it or not.

For anyone who is “marked” or whose path in life is preordained, there comes a time when the path must be accepted or rejected. Queen Elizabeth wholeheartedly embraced her fate at a very young age, as expressed in a widely quoted speech she delivered during a visit to South Africa.

No matter what we may think of monarchy as a concept, the path it was on propelled it to life in a cage, albeit a gilded one. It was a life that might have been lived in bitter shadows if she had not been able to fully accept, or even fully reject, the fate intended for her.

The middle ground has all the pull of a flat pint, leading to a coexistence poisoned by quiet anger and seething resentment.

Many people can just humanly identify with Queen Elizabeth. To quote Pat Shortt, when she decided to embrace her destiny as Queen of England, she had no choice but to “pack up” and do it. And she did.

I’m sure there were many days when she gazed out the tall windows of Buckingham Palace and fantasized about an ordinary life. She may have longed to do what everyone else does—go to work, come home, take a walk, ride the bus, or just go to the movies—without the flashing lights, sirens, cameras, and endless lines of people queuing bow and nod.

I’m not sure the lavish material benefits that come with being royal could ever offset the personal cost. As a human, the Irish people had much admiration and even sympathy for the Queen.

Given our history, it’s hard for us to fathom Britain’s connection to the Crown. As a nation whose national identity is inseparable from our being a republic, we see no reason why anyone would want to live under such an outdated and historically discredited form of government.

Admittedly, constitutional monarchy is far more benevolent than its predecessor, but it still symbolizes a history of entitlement and embodies a hierarchical stratification of people that has no basis in biological or sociological facts.

For most Irish people, the crown symbolizes rule, the lack of self-determination, and the political and military forces that have acted against our better interests throughout history.

From the Norman invasion to the Treaty of Limerick, our experience of executive English monarchs has been one of oppression, oppression, magnification and treachery. In most accounts of the decades leading up to independence, the armed elements of British authority were referred to collectively as the “Crown Forces”.

While the sweep of British and English royal history is difficult to read, the office of the modern British monarch is undoubtedly a force for good, as it projects itself and as it is understood.

Time is a healer and monarchy was a very different thing in the warm hands of Elizabeth II than it was under the cold gaze and cunning of Elizabeth I.

Most Britons believe that the monarchy symbolizes the best in them. It seems to carry the soul of the nation in a mix of nostalgia, celebrity and fairy tale.

She is trusted as the guardian of the nation’s interests in a way that elected politicians are not. Ironically, the weekly meeting between the monarch and the prime minister is seen by many as the government of the day, holding the people accountable for the way they run their affairs.

History will rightfully be kind to Elizabeth II, who has successfully portrayed the monarchy as a benign institution. I’m not sure Charles has the ability to continue this.

Yet whoever wears the crown cannot shake off the fact that the very existence of monarchy underpins the institutionalization and even deification of inequality.

Royalists and kings are custodians of a dispensation that simply accepts that some people are superior to others. You can loathe the idea of ​​a monarchy – and our history with the British Crown – and still respect how Queen Elizabeth did her job

Fry Electronics Team

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