One of the interesting things about having a monarchy (and a longlived monarch) is a chance to watch the evolution of a person in engraved portraits, rather than the usual photographs. We all know that Queen Elizabeth II is quite an old lady, and that she has been on the throne since she was in her twenties. And for all that time she has been featured in the design of a lot of paper money, not just in Great Britain, but in all of the Commonwealth countries. And every time those bills are redesigned (which is more frequently in the rest of the world than it is here in the States), the artists make a new, up to date portrait of the Queen for the front of the bill. It was just a matter of time before somebody made an animated monetary gif like this, which includes some youthful portraits as well: I can certainly see the political value some nations find in the stable symbolism of a constitutional monarch. If nothing else, he or she is always there to do the basic work of representing the nation in people’s lives and do it in a non partisan way, leaving the government free to govern. And somebody like the Queen can become a familiar figure in other parts of the world as well. I’ve always sort of liked her, just because she’s always been there. Plus, she has corgis.
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