Malika Favre’s “Figurehead” | The New Yorker

Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96. During her seventy-year reign, the Queen oversaw the dissolution of the British Empire. She was there for the founding of the European Union – and for Brexit. She was there for Churchill, for Thatcher, and just last Tuesday she was there to shake hands with the new Conservative Prime Minister, Liz Truss. On the cover of the September 19 issue, artist Malika Favre, who lived in London for sixteen years, captures the indelible link between Britain and its longtime monarch.

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Rebecca Mead’s addendum:

Through instinct, constitution, and training, the Queen knew that what was being asked of her was an almost superhuman self-cleavage. She was the nation’s hereditary jewel – as impractical as the crown jewels with which her coronation had been celebrated. At the same time, their way of working was not based on the principle of display, but of concealment. For their own self-preservation and for the preservation of the institution they embodied and guided, it was often wise to withdraw behind a golden curtain.

Sam Knight on Tina Brown’s latest book on the House of Windsor: “The Palace Papers“:

The queen decides. she raises you banished. The others are sweating: over their annual allowance; their ridiculously reduced rents for apartments at Kensington Palace; the grant of a weekend home on the Sandringham grounds; her access to the balcony of Buckingham Palace for big photo ops; their entry into the Knights of the Garter, a reward for not screwing things up too badly; her Instagram followers; today’s cruelty in the MailOnline.

Mollie Panter-Downes’ 1953 broadcast of the Coronation:

On Sunday, the nation asked God to save the Queen in services held in great cathedrals, in the damp Norman cold of small country churches and in village squares under the non-denominational sky. After making their peace with heaven, the citizens spent Monday stocking up on the physical needs of the big day.

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