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How Elizabeth II Reconciled The Monarchy With Modernity

The function Charles III inherits today is widely different from what it was when Elizabeth II was crowned 70 years ago. With the “new Elizabethan age” coming to an end, what kind of monarchy will the new King usher in?

Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on display on giant screen in Piccadilly Circus after her death announcement.

Laura Clancy

When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, Britain was just seven years out of the second world war. Rebuilding work was still ongoing, and rationing key products such as sugar, eggs, cheese and meat would continue for another year or so.

But the austerity and restraint of the 1940s was giving way to a more prosperous 1950s. It is perhaps no wonder, then, that the Queen’s succession was hailed as the “new Elizabethan age”. Society was changing, and here was a young, beautiful queen to sit at its helm.

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