Ambivalence about the Queen seems modern – but it’s actually a Victorian feeling

The Guardian says when the machine begins to break down, nobody is spared: even in the most majestic corporeality, bones ache, muscles weaken, tendons hurt, joints creak.
Ambivalence about the Queen seems modern – but it’s actually a Victorian feeling

Ambivalence about the Queen seems modern – but it’s actually a Victorian feeling

The Guardian says when the machine begins to break down, nobody is spared: even in the most majestic corporeality, bones ache, muscles weaken, tendons hurt, joints creak. Walking, previously a thoughtless activity, now needs deliberation and strategy. Longer lives and longer reigns merely postpone the process. Aged 96, and with “episodic mobility issues”, the Queen this week used a motor buggy to get around the Chelsea flower show; her arthritic great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, aged 78 at the time of the diamond jubilee in 1897, toured her own garden party in a horse-drawn carriage, literally talking down to everyone she met. 

“Drove about my guests, to many of whom I spoke,” she wrote in her diary, “but I could not see many whom I wished to.”

An even bolder innovation had been planned for her. The diamond jubilee had at its heart a magnificent procession of 50,000 imperial troops, who marched or rode from Buckingham Palace by two separate routes converging at St Paul’s for a thanksgiving ceremony that praised the Lord and blessed the Queen. The procession was spectacular. 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/28/queen-victorian-elizabeth-platinum-jubilee

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