Does the monarchy have any relevance in 2022?
There can’t be many more birthdays for Queen Elizabeth. When the sad arithmetic of age catches up to this sturdy figurehead, the burning question amongst royal gossips will be who will occupy the Big Chair, known in the Windsor family, and to television audiences around the world, as the Throne.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, pictured in Ottawa in 2010. No British monarch has ever ruled as long as the young woman who became Queen in 1952—70 trips around the sun as monarch. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia