No rain on her parade

Circumstances cannot conspire to mock the Queen’s diamond jubilee

Written by The Indian Express | Published: June 2, 2012 12:06 am

Circumstances cannot conspire to mock the Queen’s diamond jubilee

Britain is an island of conspicuous and closet monarchists. British republicans,a singularly ineffectual lot,may someday begin to take themselves seriously again. For now,both the celebrations and denunciations for the occasion of the Queen’s diamond jubilee affirm that,on the whole,the British remain a nation comfortable with monarchy. What constitutes the likeableness of the monarch may be a matter of individual perception. But when Tuesday’s carriage procession — one of the final events — from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace is broadcast live,the crowds are likely to mock all talk of economic doom and royal disconnect from the people.

The crowds had refused to turn their back on the Queen in 1977 (her silver jubilee) and 2002 (golden jubilee). Britain was gripped by economic austerity and troublesome social transition in the first case and the royals had had their worst decade in the 1990s. Today,the recession is deeper than the 1930s and David Cameron’s austerity policy is hitting the socio-economically weakest the hardest. And,Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor,the only British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee apart from Victoria of the House of Hanover in 1897,is riding a persistent wave of popularity that’s likely to withstand the rains predicted for the show.

Britain’s economy is doing worse than earlier thought. New data for Q1 revealed last week not only revised the GDP slide to 0.3 per cent from the 0.2 per cent estimated last month but also gave the lie to blame assigned to the eurozone. The eurozone,thanks to Germany,escaped recession. When Her Majesty claims next time that her government will reduce the deficit,Graham Norton will probably take a look at her crown again and scream: “Sell your hat!”

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