She got the most important thing wrong.
The British people – at least white British people – have just given Queen Elizabeth II a more universally loving farewell than perhaps anyone in history. At the news that she was dying, a great crowd gathered silently before Buckingham Palace.
At the moment she died, her subjects broke into the new national anthem. [[0:00 0 0:04]] There were mountains of flowers in front of all the royal residences.
Wherever they could, enormous crowds paid respects to the royal cortege.
Westminster Abbey was packed for the funeral, which was broadcast on every channel of British TV.
Rather than stay home, many Britons gathered in public to share their grief.
At the conclusion of the service, a two-minute silence was observed throughout the country, and many people then sang “God Save the King.”
Perhaps the most touching tribute was the uncounted thousands who filed by to say farewell to their queen as she lay in state in Westminster Hall. [[6:11:06 – 6:11:32]] People bowed their heads, and soldiers saluted. Some had stood in line for as long as 20 hours to spend just a few seconds in homage to their queen.] Westminster Hall was open 24-hours a day for four days, and the queue was five miles long.
This was a typical comment: “Walking all night is a small price to pay.”
What explains this love? Queen Elizabeth was Britain’s longest reigning monarch, on the throne for 70 years. She devoted herself to her people, as she promised she would on her 21st birthday, five years before she even became queen: [[0:00 – 0:15]] She kept her vow. Until she died, she did her duty as she saw it, and did so with grace and dignity. [[ 0:23 – 0:41 ]] [[14:38 – 14:48]] [[0:45 – 0:55]] She married Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark, and loved him for 73 years without scandal. Aside from a few hiccups, she seemed to become more beloved every year.
God Save the King has a second verse that ends like this: “May he defend our laws, And ever give us cause, To sing with heart and voice, God save the King.” It’s a two-way deal. The monarch must give his people cause to pray to God to protect him. Queen Elizabeth kept her end of the bargain. When the British sang “God save the Queen,” they thought she richly deserved divine protection.
But what became of Britain during her 70-year rule? When Elizabeth was crowned, Britain was a world power with a great empire. [[23:07 – 23:16]] When her subjects sang “Rule Britannia,” it wasn’t satire. But she then presided over one of the most catastrophic peacetime declines a nation has ever seen. Could she have stopped it? Maybe not. She didn’t try.
On one of the few occasions when Elizabeth mixed in politics, she helped shove Rhodesia into barbarism. Her Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was suspicious of black rule, but the queen pressured her to attend and support the 1979 Commonwealth Conference that began the process that delivered a marvelous, white-run country into the hands of Robert Mugabe.
The Queen supported black rule in South Africa as well.
In 1991, Nelson Mandela attended a Commonwealth conference only as an observer because South Africa was still outside the commonwealth. The Queen insisted that an exception be made so that he could join her banquet of Commonwealth heads of government. Nelson Mandela and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia were the only people the queen allowed to call her “Elizabeth,” without any titles.
She set the tone in 1961 on a visit to Ghana, where she danced smilingly with President Kwame Nkrumah.
The Queen didn’t have to do it. It was her choice. It shocked many of her people.
But much worse than losing the empire was losing Britain itself, beginning with London. From 2000 to 2010, 620,000 white British moved out, as whites became just 45 percent of capital’s population. The dark areas on this map saw white flight – as much as 50 percent – while the blue areas saw small gains.
Now, Britain has race riots just like the United States. [[00:34 – 00:47]] [[8:57 – 9:06]]This would have been unimaginable when Elizabeth came to the throne, and the British are powerless even to name the problem, must less save their country from a rising tide of color that is expected to reduce white Britons to a minority by the end of the century.
The new King Charles will not stop the rot. As this 2021 Guardian article explains, in 1986, the then-Prince of Wales complained that there were too many whites in the Queen’s horse guards.
Twenty-six years ago, he was already backing The Great Replacement. And here he is, future head of the Church of England, telling Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Muslims that he “has a personal duty to protect [the] diversity of our country.”
Charles can trace his ancestry back to Alfred the Great in the ninth century.
Every one of those ancestors was white. No matter how much his non-white subjects flatter and deceive him, how can he possibly think the monarchy can survive The Great Replacement? How can little Britain — not even Great Britain — survive replacement?
Here’s Professor Uju Anya, antiracist and specialist in blackness.
Here’s what she thought about the Queen’s last hours: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
She got thousands of likes and retweets before she took her tweet down. As the great Enoch Powell already saw in 1968, Britain is “heaping up its own funeral pyre.”
And yet, I am a monarchist. Queen Elizabeth was wrong about what matters most, but she was a compelling symbol of British unity.
Like any sovereign, she took her position by birthright, not through politicking or maneuvering. She was one of the richest people in Britain, so she could not be bought. And a monarch, in a sense owns his country, which he keeps in trust for his heirs. He is to a politician what a property owner is to a tenant. An elected official is in office only for a time. Some just line their pockets while they can
Bill and Hillary Clinton were perfect tenant rulers.
They took an estimated $200,000 worth of White House furniture when they moved out. Their staff deliberately wrecked the offices George W. Bush’s people were going to move into. The Clintons were white-trash renters, not owners.
Monarchs also answer a deep human need. For the British, their queen was the head of the national family, both a sovereign and a matriarch. As the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith, she was even a link to the Almighty.
She made her people proud to be British, even as their islands settled into mediocrity. She embodied a thousand-year-old dynasty that was theirs and only theirs.
I grew up with a royal family. I was born in Japan and was eight years old when the Imperial Crown Prince Akihito married Michiko, who became Empress Consort.
All Japan was bursting with joy – and so was I. In my excitement, I bought this souvenir postage sheet, which I have to this day.
When their time comes, there will be an outpouring of love and grief in Japan, just as we have seen in Britain.
People need leaders. Nations need leaders. Sometimes they lead badly. What is happening in Britain is a tragedy. The millions of white Britons who wept for their departed queen should be weeping for their dying country. [[59:36 – 59:48]] They are like the middle and working-class American whites who salute Old Glory with a fervor their cynical rulers never feel, the whites who only vaguely understand that they live in a country that used to be theirs, but that now treats them with contempt. Symbols can be so strong they fool people into thinking they are permanent and unchanging.
The British are throwing away all they ever had. They are squandering a priceless heritage on Africans, Asians, Muslims, and Hindus, who will never love a history of which they cannot be a part. It grieves me to see a once-great people defiling their future even as they try to honor their past. Unless they act to protect it, that magnificent past will not belong to their children, but to the children of strangers who will despise them as well as everything that went before.