The United Kingdom now finds itself in a period of great uncertainty. After the vote for Brexit, the change in government and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election, nobody quite knows where the ancient kingdom is headed. Only one figure has the experience and stature to sell the UK on the world stage.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was there when Britain stood alone against the Nazi war machine and saw the liberation of Europe at the hands of the Russians, Americans, and her own people. She watched as Europe rebuilt after the war and was present as the German state adapted to a new age of democratic power. The Queen also saw the rise and fall of Russian Communism and the creation of NATO.
During The Queen’s reign, regimes have come and gone, but the British Monarchy has remained virtually unchanged from its position at the start of the 20th Century. To the rest of the world, The Queen is a titan of history and a true stateswoman.
As the UK attempts to negotiate with world leaders, The Queen could prove a most valuable asset. President-elect Trump has recently spoken about his deep admiration for Her Majesty, and she is widely respected throughout Europe. Her impressive standing on the world stage could be a major factor in keeping Britain from being an irrelevance in the coming decades.
We should not forget that the UK is just one of The Queen’s realms. As well as the UK, The Queen is head of state of: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. This gives the UK a whole array of friendly allies as it attempts to develop its trading arrangements and defence plans.
According to The Queen’s biographer Andrew Marr, “She is our slightly mysterious department of friendliness”. Whilst world leaders may disagree politically with the British Prime Minister, The Queen provides an apolitical face to represent the British state. She is a symbol of the UK and its people and transcends political partiality. She is hence a powerful diplomat working for the good of her kingdom.
The UK should not forget this; they are very lucky to have such a person in these difficult times.