George Weigel on the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II :
On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II marked her diamond jubilee, an achievement that Great Britain will celebrate throughout 2012. I am not a monarchist, but Ill happily join in saluting the Queen, who embodies several qualities that are in short supply among 21st-century public figures.
In one of a slew of diamond jubilee books, author Robert Hardman reports that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is awed by the Queens gravitas. One hopes its catching, even as one hopes that people understand why, as one of Her Majestys friends puts it, she is never, you know, not the Queen. Its not a matter of Victorian formality and still less of arrogance. Rather, its that the Queen thinks of her unique position as a vocationa responsibility for which she was consecrated at her coronation on June 2, 1953.