When The Crown was first released last year, I watched the first episode, thought it was boring and forgot all about it. I gave the series another go last month and really enjoyed it second time around! So before the second series comes out in December, here are some questions that I wish I could ask the Queen over a coffee in Buckingham Palace…
Which of your predecessors would you like to meet?
The Queen must have given this some thought over the years, and I bet that many would be fascinated to meet her…. What, a woman ruler? She has no rivals to the throne and has not presided over civil war? But hang on, she doesn’t have any real power? She’s ruled for HOW long?! Perhaps the Queen would enjoy a chat with Elizabeth I, her namesake. Or Victoria, her own great-great-grandmother. Or Edward IV, who took his crown from Henry VI’s head. There’s plenty of choice!
What do you think Winston Churchill would make of your life, your longevity and the ups and downs of your reign?
It’s interesting to think that Churchill only ever knew the Queen when she was a woman under 40. Can you imagine the conversation they would both have together, both of them at 90 years of age? The experiences they would have to share! I’m sure Churchill would be amazed to see how long she has reigned.
What advice do you wish you had received in 1952 on your accession to the throne?
When the Queen came to the throne at the age of 25, she would have been thrust into deep mourning for the father she adored. She would have been shocked at his death and to find herself as monarch. She had known three older men as king; now it fell to her. What must she have wanted to hear?
What did you REALLY think of your uncle, the Duke of Windsor?
The Abdication in 1936 shook the Queen’s family, and put her father on the throne, a throne he did not want. What did the Queen think of the man who caused this, her uncle the Duke of Windsor? Has his relinquishing of the throne affected her own decisions as monarch? European monarchs often abdicate in their old age; the Queen has not followed suit.
What are your hopes for the future of the monarchy?
Does the Queen think the monarchy will be safe with William, Kate and their son, George? Or does she think their days are numbered? The Queen was once the young, bright future of the monarchy, she knows how that does not last.
What would you ask the Queen if you could?