This monastery is by tradition a Jacobite house, and so by that same tradition the descendants of James II were, and are, the rightful monarchs of Great Britain. After all, at his death James II lay in state in our monastery church, our monastery then being in Paris.
That being said, we are not very likely to foment rebellion, nor are we disdainful of Queen Elizabeth II. Indeed it is by the evident grace of God that she is Queen of the realm and other realms such as Australia. It is hard to imagine anyone else filling the role more deftly, more adroitly, more wisely, more sympathetically than she has. A devout Christian, a dutiful monarch, a constant mother, a faithful wife, a model of discretion – she is all these and more. It is indeed a privilege to be living at time when we have both Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict II as figures of authority and models of selfless service.
From the BBC is this wonderful footage of the proclamation of the Princess Elizabeth as queen in February, 1952. It is a superb example of civil liturgy imbued with Christian faith. At the end of it, you might also wonder with me as to when was the last time we heard of “principal men of quality”. Do they exist any more?
(Click the link as the BBC does not allow embedding of this video on other sites)