Queen Elizabeth II

Rakib’s Britain: The Queen has been a powerful force for unity in a rapidly changing and multicultural Britain

Our enchanted, sometimes absurd, monarchy is one of the last focuses of common cultural experience

In our secular age the Queen has been Anglicanism’s most compelling representative

The universal realities of life, love and death are at the core of the strength of the monarchy

Many of us will never live to see a jubilee again — what will sustain the Windsors without spectacle?

The Queen’s absence serves as a reminder of the enduring importance of the monarchy

The Queen’s speech revealed a government failing to protect free expression

The choices show a lack of levity, imagination and courage

Monument vandalism is a cover for an all-out assault on the country itself