Thursday, 20 December 2007

She may be diminutive ...

... she may be deadly dull ... she may even to all intents and purposes be a Hun ... but she is a remarkable woman. And, at 81 years and 244 days, she is now the oldest ever British monarch.

The really extraordinary thing about her is that in her 55 years on the throne her discharge of her constitutional duties has been flawless. It is, properly, a remarkable tribute to her sense of duty that she has never once let slip her views on any matter of public policy.

She is the most potent argument I know in favour of constitutional monarchy.

1 comment:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Agreed, up to the last sentence.

Just because the Queen is spectacularly good at this sort of thing, it doesn't follow that her successors will be.

But here's hoping they are, anyway.