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The essential life of England will not be impacted by the inevitable passing of Queen Elizabeth. But it could permanently alter the monarchy—and perhaps the United Kingdom as well

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy Stock Photo

The death of Prince Philip cannot long precede the end of the longest reign in English history. Outdoing the 64 years of Queen Victoria and 59 years of George III, Elizabeth II’s ultimate demise at likely 70 years-plus on the throne will jolt the latent regality which has been the backdrop to life for virtually all of us. But apart from regret, respect and a week or two of wall-to-wall commemoration, will it make much difference? 

I suspect the main change will be to the monarchy itself, and maybe to the continuance of the United Kingdom, but not…

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