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The Queen of the North

Rishi Sunak’s plan to move a quarter of the Treasury to Darlington has raised eyebrows in Whitehall. But really, it needs to get over itself

By Andrew Adonis  

The Queen spends 12 weeks at Balmoral Castle each year. Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

The Queen alone emerges unscathed from the latest family meltdown. This is no accident. How many interviews has she given since 1952? None. How many gratuitous revelations making her privileged personal life the story, rather than her role as symbol of national unity and service? None. Over seven decades.

Yet we feel we know her well. She has latency: always present, but as a symbol not as a talking head, least of all a controversial one. Because she has exuded this latency since before most of us were born we take for granted the skill behind it: the…

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