EDITORIAL: Queen Mother's legacy of relevance

The Queen Mother would no doubt have been immensely proud of the fact that in the process of her passing, the Royal Family and the monarchy seems to have gained a new relevance and resonance for the British public.

The dignity and superb handling of the all public aspects of the period following her death and in the run-up to the funeral, have reaffirmed and further defined the status of the monarchy.

All this was achieved without in any way attempting to modernise the monarchy or to make the mourning more relevant to contemporary society.

In death as in life, the Queen Mother seems to have proved that the enduring appeal of the monarchy is its ability to provide a broad cross section of society with a sense of continuity.

But as the backlash against the BBC has shown, this is a time for historical reflection rather than debate on the future. It is also a sad irony that one of the Queen Mother's legacies may now well be a truly historical Golden Jubilee.

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