The Queen’s Death Ends The Second Elizabethan Era, But A Vital New One Begins | british news

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign will define an era and her death is a pivotal moment, a renowned historian has said.

Sir Anthony Seldon, a constitutional expert, told Sky News it is inevitable that her time on the throne will be named after her.

But he said the period that follows – that… the Prime Minister Liz Truss said the New Carolean era will be called, after King Charles – will potentially be at least as important, if not more important, especially for the long-term future of the monarchy.

He said: “With 15 prime ministers and one monarch, of course you do – it will be known” [as that].

“And Charles won’t reign for very long, but he will, I think, be a defining monarch helping the country adapt to its very different faces.

“It’s unimaginably different in 2022 from how it was in 1952 in terms of his aspirations, standing in the world, sense of identity, makeup.

“We’re much more cosmopolitan, much more international. And it’s a…very different country than it was,” said Sir Anthony, a former headmaster who has written biographies of six prime ministers and was knighted for services to education and modern political history.

But, he said, with the change of monarch – especially as it comes at the same time as the UK has a new prime minister – unique challenges lie ahead.

He said: “His monarchy will be of extraordinary importance and will have to be of extraordinary importance for the survival of the monarchy.

“He will have to show the flexibility and adaptability that he has done so far.”

Much of that need, he said, is due to the qualities of the woman who has led the state for the past seven decades.

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The Queen and Prince Philip through the years

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We have a change of monarch, and this last monarch has seen the country through 70 years of tremendous change, from a great power to a second-rate power, with a great empire, to losing that empire for the most part,” added Sir Anthony .

“She’s seen the country through that period of stability without revolution or upset. And she’s been a great rally figure. But the country hasn’t lost any of it. It has the same territorial integrity when she went in as she did with the And she is still always the center of the constitution.

“But it’s the Crown that is, rather than the person. She’s dead and now the new person takes over and then all eyes will be on him.

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The Queen worked with 15 Prime Ministers

“You can say we are a democracy and therefore… the monarch doesn’t matter. The monarch does matter. We are a democracy and a monarchy at the same time.

“We just had a six-week leadership competition in the Conservativeswho will be our next Prime Minister. But the queen died and immediately King Charles became the king. The queen is dead. Long live the king. And that’s the point. That is the continuity that has been the backbone of this country since 1066. That is how it works.

“It’s extraordinary… that we came in this week with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and the Queen as Queen, and we ended up with two different players.

“In modern times we have never had both a head of government and a head of state. It will be a novelty… and a very important marker for the kind of country we are.”

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