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
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
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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