mcloudyn.png
Sunday October 2nd, 2022 9:59PM

The party ends but the UK monarchy looks to the future

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LONDON (AP) — Extinguish the beacons, take down the stage, roll up the bunting. The party’s over.

After four days of parades, street parties and a gala concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations ended Sunday with a queen's wave from Buckingham Palace and the crowds outside singing “God Save the Queen.”

But as the tributes to Elizabeth's lifetime of service begin to fade, Britain is left with the reality that the second Elizabethan age is in its twilight.

The 96-year-old monarch, limited in recent months by what the palace calls “episodic mobility issues,” made only three brief public appearances during the Jubilee. Her son and heir, 73-year-old Prince Charles, stood in for her at other events.

“Inevitably, we’re going to lose her sometime. And so this will have been a sort of a tail end of a golden reign, won’t it?’’ historian and royal biographer Hugo Vickers told The Associated Press. “That’s why it’s got a little bit of hint of sadness, I find.”

That truth was the subtext of the weekend’s events as newspapers, TV screens and even the walls of the palace were filled with images of Elizabeth changing from a glamorous young queen in crown and diamonds to a global grandmother known for her omnipresent handbag and love of horses and corgis.

Elizabeth is the U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, the only sovereign most people have ever known.

That longevity has bred a deep affection for the queen. The question for the House of Windsor is whether the public will transfer those feelings to Charles when the time comes.

From the opening military review to the closing pageant outside the palace, the royal family sought to build a case for that continuity, underscoring the monarchy’s historic traditions and its role as a unifying institution that helps the country celebrate its successes and provides comfort during times of sorrow.

Charles was front and center throughout as he stood in for his mother.

Wearing a ceremonial scarlet tunic and bearskin hat, he reviewed the troops during the Queen’s Birthday Parade on Thursday. The next day, he was the last guest to enter St. Paul’s Cathedral and took his seat at the front of the church for a service of thanksgiving in honor of the queen. At Saturday’s star-studded concert in front of Buckingham Palace, he delivered the main tribute to the woman he addressed as, “Your Majesty, mummy.”

The royals know they have work to do. Over the past year, the monarchy has been buffeted by allegations of racism and bullying, a sex scandal involving Prince Andrew and demands that they apologize for Britain’s historic role in the enslavement of millions of Africans.

But if the Windsors wanted proof of the enduring popularity of all things royal, they need look no further than the tens of thousands who crammed the streets and parks around Buckingham Palace to cheer, wave the Union flag and say “Thank you, ma’am” over the past four days.

Demonstrations of public support are crucial to the monarchy’s survival, said royal historian Ed Owens.

“The Jubilee is defined not simply by the presence of the queen, but by many various other actors, and one of the key actors … is the British public,’’ said Owens, author of “The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public 1932-1953." “All these events are playing to the British public ... the jubilee is as much a celebration of the British people in the British nation as it is the queen herself.”

Since assuming the throne after the death of her father on Feb. 6, 1952, Elizabeth has been a symbol of stability as Britain negotiated the end of empire, the dawn of the information age and the mass migration that transformed the country into a multicultural society.

Throughout it all the queen has built a bond with the nation through a seemingly endless series of public appearance as she opened libraries, dedicated hospitals and bestowed honors on deserving citizens.

Actor and writer Stephen Fry captured this lifetime of service, carried out far away from the glittering state occasions and military parades that rivet the media’s attention, as he delivered his own tribute during Saturday evening's Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.

“How many local sewage works has her majesty opened with a bright smile? How many plaques unveiled? How many trees planted? How many ribbons cut, ships launched?” Fry asked, drawing a chuckle from the crowd. “How many prime ministers tolerated? For that alone, no admiration is high enough.”

While they would have like to see more of the queen, fans like Anne Middleton, 61, seemed to understand the limitations of her health issues.

Middleton, a human resources executive, traveled to London from her home in Wales for the long holiday weekend. Wearing red, white and blue nail polish and a dress covered in the Union and Welsh flags, she and her friends watched Saturday’s concert from camp chairs in St. James’s Park.

“We wanted to turn out and let her know that we’re there for her, too,’’ Middleton said. “Because she’s always been there for us.’’

The queen’s public appearances during the Jubilee were brief but symbolic, underscoring three pillars of her reign: a personal bond with the public, strong links to the armed forces and support for the Commonwealth, a group of 54 nations with former colonial ties to Britain.

On Thursday afternoon she joined other senior members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast by 70 military aircraft and wave to supporters who filled the street below. Later, she took part in a beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor Palace, the culmination of event that spanned the Commonwealth.

The weekend concluded with another balcony appearance for the cheering crowds, this time accompanied only by Prince Charles and his wife and Prince William and his wife and children.

The message couldn’t have been clearer: Here is the present and the future of the monarchy.

Robert Lacey, a royal historian and adviser to the Netflix series “The Crown,” believes the royal family’s connection to the British public will endure.

“There is a magic about royalty. If you don’t care to accept it, that’s up to you,” he said.

“But for many Brits, the magic moment (is) when the queen or Prince Charles … turn up in your neighborhood," he said. "You are touched with a magic — which is no longer divine, but which represents the community — which says, ’You matter and you’re part of a bigger picture, a society, a community.'”

___

Follow AP’s coverage of the British royals at https://apnews.com/hub/queen-elizabeth-ii

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The party ends but the UK monarchy looks to the future
After four days of parades, street parties and a gala concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, the Platinum Jubilee ended Sunday with the crowd outside Buckingham Palace singing “God Save the Queen.”
2:40AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Crowds honor WWII veterans at Normandy D-Day celebrations
Several dozen World War II veterans are expected to attend D-Day commemoration ceremonies Monday in France
2:25AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Dodgers show they have depth in addition to stars
With all the former MVPs on their roster, it feels almost unfair when the Los Angeles Dodgers get major contributions from less heralded players
2:12AM ( 48 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
2022 midterms: What to watch in primaries in 7 states
Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate battles this fall that will play into control of Congress
12:10AM ( 2 hours ago )
Biden hoping to avoid Summit of the Americas flop in LA
When leaders gather this week in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas, the focus is likely to veer from policy issues like migration, climate change and inflation and instead shift to something Hollywood thrives on: the drama of the red carpet
12:06AM ( 2 hours ago )
Putin warns West against sending arms; Kyiv hit by missiles
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West not to send longer-range rocket systems to Ukraine
12:04AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Warriors answer in Game 2, top Celtics 107-88 to even Finals
Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Jordan Poole connected from just inside of midcourt to cap a huge third-quarter run and the Golden State Warriors evened the NBA Finals at a game apiece by beating the Boston Celtics 107-88 on Sunday night
11:19PM ( 3 hours ago )
Tropical Storm Alex heads toward Bermuda with high winds
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is headed toward Bermuda after killing three people in Cuba and flooding roads in Florida
10:54PM ( 4 hours ago )
Russia hits Kyiv with missiles; Putin warns West on arms
Russia took aim at Western military supplies for Ukraine by launching airstrikes on Kyiv that it claimed destroyed tanks donated from abroad
9:41PM ( 5 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Biden to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' during Western trip
Here's another sign America’s entertainment landscape is returning to normal: President Joe Biden will make his first in-person appearance on a late-night talk show since taking office
11:10PM ( 3 hours ago )
Olivia Rodrigo early winner at MTV Movie & TV Awards
Olivia Rodrigo was one of the first winners at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
9:13PM ( 5 hours ago )
Canadian singer Jacob Hoggard convicted of sexual assault
The frontman for the Canadian band Hedley has been convicted of sexual assault causing bodily harm to an Ottawa woman but acquitted of the same charge involving a teenage fan
8:18PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Mystery solved: UK Queen shares secret with Paddington
Now we know what is in Queen Elizabeth II’s handbag
8:02PM ( 1 day ago )
Prince Charles pays tribute to 'mummy' at Jubilee concert
Prince Charles and his son Prince William have honored the past and looked to the future as they paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at a star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace celebrating the monarch’s 70 years on the throne
5:56PM ( 1 day ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Crowds honor WWII veterans at Normandy D-Day celebrations
Several dozen World War II veterans are expected to attend D-Day commemoration ceremonies Monday in France
2:25AM ( 35 minutes ago )
Dodgers show they have depth in addition to stars
With all the former MVPs on their roster, it feels almost unfair when the Los Angeles Dodgers get major contributions from less heralded players
2:12AM ( 48 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Angels' skid at 11, Mets vs Padres, Ray slumps
Mike Trout is mired in the worst slump of his brilliant career and the Angels are one loss from matching their longest skid in 34 years
2:03AM ( 56 minutes ago )
No. 1 Tennessee, 4 other teams lock up NCAA regional titles
No. 1 national seed Tennessee, No. 4 Virginia Tech, No. 5 Texas A&M, Texas and Notre Dame closed out their NCAA baseball regionals and advanced to the next round starting Friday
1:31AM ( 1 hour ago )
Doctor named in abortion case has nothing to do with lawsuit
Dr. Thomas Dobbs has never gotten involved in political fights over reproductive health, but his name has become shorthand for a legal case that could end abortion rights in the United States
1:18AM ( 1 hour ago )