Americans baffled by monarch's role in Queen's Speech

13 May 2021

5:22 PM

13 May 2021

5:22 PM

Her Majesty the Queen might have thought any concerns about the State Opening of Parliament were behind her on Tuesday, having completed her 67th Queen’s Speech in typically flawless style. Far from it, judging by the reaction that has greeted the dry nine minute long speech which set out the government’s policies for the new parliamentary session.

A proposed Tory bill to introduce mandatory Voter ID in British elections has led to the monarch becoming inadvertently lionised by some American Republicans who now view her as a champion against electoral fraud. The Republican State Leadership Committee has done its best to herald Her Majesty as a fearless fighter in the war on woke, declaring: ‘The woke cancel culture mob continues to call voter ID racist.Now that the Queen of England will require an ID to vote, will Dems cancel her too?’

The woke cancel culture mob continues to call voter ID racist.

Now that the Queen of England will require an ID to vote, will Dems cancel her too?

— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) May 12, 2021

Former Florida congressional candidate Lavern Spicer has piled in too, writing ‘The Queen of England is about to start requiring Voter ID (probably because she’s wondering how Sadiq Khan’s crazy ass got elected again) but America is still trying to call it racist. Is it racist now when the UK does it?’ Donald Trump’s ex lawyer Jenna Ellis asked rhetorically ‘Is the Queen racist?’ while conservative journalist Kyle Becker smirked ‘The Queen of England is *triggering* the left worldwide with major announcement.’

This misreading of the Queen’s title, inability to vote and entire constitutional purpose was not merely confined to political activists. American news outlets like The Hill declared confidently that ‘Queen Elizabeth II promises to ban conversion therapy’ while Post Millenial said simply ‘England will enforce voter ID laws’ managing to get the date wrong too with its accompanying caption ‘The Queen of England is set to announce on Monday that citizens will be required to show IDs.’

It was not just Americans who misunderstood the Queen’s role of course. The leader of the French Greens Julien Bayou greeted the news of the gay conversion therapy ban by personally contrasting the 95-year-old ‘Queen of England who shows herself more liberal and protective of minorities’ with his own president Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to illustrate how age has no bearing on personal politics.

Récemment c’est le président Biden qui faisait passer Macron pour conservateur sur les questions climat et inégalités.

Là c’est la reine d’Angleterre qui se montre plus libéral et protectrice des minorités, quand le gouvernement refuse d’agir.
Comme quoi l’âge…#RienAGuerir

— Julien Bayou (@julienbayou) May 11, 2021

It would appear that some in the Royal Household object to the Queen being used as a political football in this way however. The official @RoyalFamily Twitter account was called into action to remind excitable politicos: ‘The Speech is not drafted by The Queen, but by the Government, outlining policies and proposed future legislation.’

Still, must be a change to see republicans applauding a monarch for once.<//>

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