The Queen’s reign is effectively over, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, with the virus essentially putting Charles on the cathedra and the coronavirus has done more harm to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell.
Her Majesty, the Queen, 94, may remain in self-isolation for months and never return to normal frontline regal duties as the government proceeds to facilitate the coronavirus lockdown over the coming weeks.
The Queen has put all her civic duties on hold while she remains with her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle and it’s sad but it seems that the Queen won’t be able to continue her role because the COVID 19 virus isn’t going away anytime soon and will be with us for months if not years.
It would be far too dangerous for the Queen to start meeting people on a regular basis, even though she’s always enjoyed getting out and about and engaging with the people but she can’t take the chance.
The harsh fact is that her reign is effectively over and COVID 19 has done damage to the monarchy, effectively putting Charles on the throne.
The Queen who is not expected to return to her duties until sometime in the autumn may never be able to return to her normal responsibilities but will most likely be seen on TV or video links rather than in public.
However, a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said that the monarch continues to be active, conducting a weekly audience with the Prime Minister by telephone and receiving her daily red boxes of Government papers.
And that Her Majesty is following proper guidance on engagements and is keeping in touch with her family by telephone and video calls.
Buckingham Palace will be shut for the summer for what is thought to be the first time in 27 years, with events including Trooping the Colour and Her Majesty’s garden parties withdrawn and it’s thought to be the monarch’s most prolonged absence from her official duties in her 68 year reign.
The Queen gave an electrifying address on VE Day praising Britain’s spirit during the lockdown and has said in the past that she feels she has to be seen to be believed, so the measures are expected to be felt deeply.
Her last civic engagement was the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March which was also Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s last formal appearance as senior members of the Royal Family.
The Queen won’t do anything which goes against the advice of people in her age category and she’s going to take all the relevant guidance because she’d want to be seen to be being responsible in her actions.
The Queen took part in her first video call, following the direction of senior members of her family who have used the medium to continue with their royal duties in lockdown and she joined Princess Royal, 69, on a conference call with four carers living across the United Kingdom who have been responsible for looking after the family throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Speaking from a sitting room at Windsor Castle, the Queen spent 20 minutes listening to the women about their experiences and asking questions about the pressures they encounter.
However, Elizabeth Saxberg-Coburg-Gotha portrays a bygone age where we commoners knew our place and never questioned it.
The monarchy was worshipped and bowed to solely because they were titled and our betters, apparently.
Now, the monarchy is nothing more than an anachronism and it’s a multi-million pound, taxpayer-funded lifestyle for a billionaire family of unelected, unremarkable people attending a few engagements.
Planting a tree or unveiling a plaque, or video calling school children for a few minutes. Talk about indoctrinating them while they’re young and where no real skill or qualifications are required, apart from greeting, being friendly to people and pretending they’re interested.
This is going to be the new normal for the Queen and we shouldn’t write her off just because she’s doing things differently and there may be changes to the Queen’s routine but because she’s doing it from her office she can maintain and her reign is not over and the Queen is still the Queen.