In recent days, London has been transformed into a veritable theater of power. On stage, two protagonists: Elisabeth II, the unbeatable, and BoJo, a prime minister closer to the exit than ever. Impeccable styling versus crazy blond lock, sumptuous crowning versus tortuous election, everything opposes them.
Everything and, above all, a crucial value: setting an example. This inner requirement, the nonagenarian Elisabeth II made a cardinal principle. The perfect image – frozen, some would say – that she wishes to give to the British of the monarchy pushes her to systematically place this institution before her own family. We remember that in 1953 she forbade her own sister to marry the man she loved, Peter Townsend. In 1981, she allegedly forced her son Charles to marry a woman he did not love – a certain Diana. When Prince Harry chose to live in California, she assured him he remained “a beloved member of the family”, but banned him from using the HRH title, stripped his military titles and cut off funding. And Thursday evening, here is Prince Andrew, too close to the Epstein affair, relegated to the rank of private citizen by the queen of whom he was, it seems, the favorite after having once been number 2 in the order of succession. .
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A rigor at the antipodes of the escapades of the unpredictable Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister now has a good half-dozen forbidden parties and farewell parties to his credit. When he had just made his mea culpa in front of the deputies on Wednesday, acknowledging his presence at a party in Downing Street in full confinement, disaster! The Telegraph – this newspaper which employed him when he was a correspondent in Brussels – reveals that his staff had organized a farewell party… on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. Remember these shots of the queen in mourning, alone on her pew in church out of respect for health instructions. Honestly, no one in the world would want to be in Boris’ shoes on Tuesday when he has to go for his weekly tea with Elisabeth – if she even opens her door to the Prime Minister.
The rating of the Queen of England continues to climb. Today, 76% of Britons support him, and 80% hold the royal family in high regard. Conversely, BoJo has never been so close to the exit. There are of course several reasons for this, but the personal rigor of the British sovereign plays a major role in the esteem of her subjects. The Covid-19 pandemic has made gaps, privileges and inequalities even more unbearable. This is what, even more fundamentally than an unfortunate starting pot, risks costing his place to a Boris Johnson who, like so many others, has long believed that the rules did not apply to him.