Isabel II earned the respect of the main political personalities of the second half of the last century and the first two decades of the present
Isabel II was a myth until her last breath. She both occupied pages in the History volumes and she had references in the Guinness Book of Records. Now that she has left this world, the woman she never had an opinion of is valued as a great statesman who based her unquestioned prestige among the leaders of the entire planet on her measured silence.
His almost 70 years on the Windsor throne allowed him to share his reign with the main political personalities of the second half of the last century and the first two decades of the present. Without the crown weighing him down in his more than a hundred state visits, countless audiences at Buckingham Palace, an intervention in the United States Congress and even two participations in United Nations assemblies, he got to know seven Popes from Pius XII to Francis, seven Archbishops of Canterbury -the highest figure in the Anglican Church-, fourteen British Prime Ministers from Churchill to Johnson -with whom he has always held weekly meetings-, thirteen North American presidents from Truman to Biden with the sole exception of Johnson and Heads of Governments and States from the five continents. Isabel II also headed the Commonwealth -54 nations and almost 2,000 million inhabitants- and she was head of state of fifteen countries, such as Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
With John Paul II. /
A photograph with the Queen of England has always been the goal of any politician who wanted to see their figure ‘authorized’. The fortieth sovereign of the United Kingdom met with historical leaders such as General De Gaulle, Nelson Mandela, Willy Brandt or Helmut Kohl, Haile Selassie, François Mitterrand, Marshal Tito, Olof Palmer, the Dalai Lama… until completing a endless list of leaders from the five continents. Without forgetting the historic handshake with the former leader of the IRA terrorist group Martin McGuinness, which was considered a milestone in the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Only Mikhail Gorbachev achieved it among the great leaders of the Soviet Union and neither did dictators such as Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet, Jorge Videla, Mao Zendong, Francisco Franco… Not even the coup plotters who went on to lead many of the African countries or Asians born in former British colonies that have become independent since 1953.
The monarch, with Benedict XVI, the predecessor of the current Pope
Everyone was able to verify how since she was crowned in 1953 until her disappearance yesterday, she strictly complied with the principle of neutrality. Any thought that she nested in her mind was a state secret and with it she has gone to the grave. The figure of the longest-lasting monarch has always been above politics thanks to the prudence and correctness with which she exercised her Head of State.
Thanks to the iron health of the Windsors, the woman who was not predestined to reign but who acceded to the throne by the abduction of her uncle, Edward VIII, has broken all records. But the most important of her is not due to her longevity but to her affection that British citizens process for her. Elizabeth II is the monarch who has enjoyed the highest popularity since the monarchy began to be measured demographically. 76% of the British declared themselves satisfied with the Crown. But until today she remained mute, stoic and resistant.
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