Queen Elizabeth II's calm reign key to her success

The Queen with Prince Charles and Prince William The Queen's popularity among the general British public continues to hold steady

Each Jubilee - Silver, Golden and now Diamond - offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on a central question.

Why has an institution abandoned in country after country through the ages, survived and prospered here?

Biographers have already staked their claim to the answer. Historians will offer a better perspective. But even without their advantage, it's obvious Elizabeth has been critical to the success of the House of Windsor.

In public, she appears sensible, pragmatic, occasionally glum-looking, ever careful not to cause offence. In private, her friends say, she's humble and a great mimic.

In her evolving world, which has encountered the Sex Pistols and civil partnerships, the Queen and the monarchy she only inherited because her uncle chose love over duty has moved slowly, often imperceptibly with the times.

As one who knows her put it to me once - you don't want a monarch who fizzes like a Catherine wheel.

The non-fizzy, non-showy sovereign of 60 years enjoys the solid, increasingly affectionate support of the majority of the population.

These past few days have been an opportunity for them to make that abundantly clear.

Many, many of them have known no other head of state. A minority of the population yearn for no such head of state. They want the individual chosen by the ballot box, not an accident of birth.

When other public bodies have been battered and bruised, the current, comfortable status quo is not a bad position for Elizabeth II, the 40th hereditary monarch since William the Conqueror, to occupy and indeed savour.

Peter Hunt Article written by Peter Hunt Peter Hunt Diplomatic and royal correspondent

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    Comment number 39.

    Good idea - let the people speak!

    1,250,000 turned up to see the jubilee celebrations on Saturday...
    BBC received 2,000 complaints ....

    Hmmmm ---- wonder who won that then?

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    Comment number 38.

    The monarchy is not as massive tourist attraction, people would visit anyway,the castles and palaces will have even more access rather than Buck House being opened just during the summer.France is the most visited country in the world and they have no Monarchy.We have no vision for the future, just a harking back to the past, totally pathetic.'Mother of the free' , how totally naff.

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    Comment number 37.

    Elitism it may be, but monarchy with ER II at its head for 60 years is infinitely preferable to dubious presidents elected on partisan political platforms who spend most of their tenure ensuring their re-election for the next!

    Prime Ministers & Governments rule our democracy, not the Queen. As it is, it is probably one of our greatest tourist attractions! If it isn't broken, don't fix it!

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    Comment number 36.

    We chose to be a republic once, remember? From 1649 - 1660.

    Christmas was abolished. Theatres closed. Parliament tried to elect itself into office for life.

    No wonder the monarchy was welcomed back!

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    Comment number 35.

    For gods sake will all the anti royalists get a life - the monarchy is at worst cost neutral, does not exert any power and does not IN ANY way restrict the life of the British citizen/subject. Yes people around the UK and the wider world are suffering and if we all gave more we could make it better but as individuals and as a nation we do what we can.


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