Queen Elizabeth II fears: Queen ‘concerned for state of Britain’ ahead of snap election

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PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson will meet the Queen this morning to dissolve Parliament ahead of the snap election on December 12. The Queen has “a great deal of concern” for the state of Britain ahead of the general election, a royal commentator has claimed.

Queen Elizabeth II has overseen 14 prime ministers in her time and is no stranger to political turmoil. During her 66 years on the throne, she has been a rock throughout political scandals and toxic debates at Westminster. One royal commentator has claimed the ongoing Brexit stalemate and upcoming election has prompted the monarch to fear for Britain’s future.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “When Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes to the Palace today to have an audience with the Queen before the general election is formally started, I suspect she will feel a great deal of concern about the state of Britain today.”

According to Mr Fitzwilliams, the current political upheaval in Britain is comparable to the Suez Canal crisis.

He said: “Since she came to the throne in 1952 the only comparable periods of crisis were the Suez crisis, when Britain’s duplicity became notorious, in 1956 and the Winter of Discontent when the Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan was defeated at the polls after the country was mired in economic chaos in 1979.

“The monarch recently assented to Johnson’s request to prorogue parliament for five weeks which was ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court and was an irresponsible mistake.”

Mr Fitzwilliams claimed the Queen may fear repercussions if Labour leader and staunch anti-monarchist Jeremy Corbyn was elected.

He added: “Yet clearly, given that Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn is an avowed republican on the radical left with policies to match, she might well feel a good deal of concern over the result of the forthcoming election.

“Callaghan, in contrast, was a staunch patriot.

“There is also her known support for the Union and the fact that the Scottish National Party will reportedly be campaigning for another referendum on independence.”

As well as concerns around the election result Mr Fitzwilliams claims the “toxic” Brexit debate means Britain’s future is “dangerously unpredictable”.

He added: “Obviously there is the toxicity that has surrounded the fateful topic of Brexit for over three years and will continue to do so whatever the result of the election.

“There is also the possibility of another hung parliament as well as the pressures which so many of its members feel when they are subjected to the abuse that sadly seems synonymous with public life today.

“Britain is clearly totally divided and the future seems dangerously unpredictable.”

According to Mr Fitzwilliams the outcome of the election and current political turmoil could affect the tone of the Queen’s usually upbeat Christmas message.

He said: “The Queen’s Christmas broadcast usually brings tidings of goodwill and comfort during the festive season and is her personal message to Britain and the Commonwealth.

“One wonders what theme she will choose this year as the monarch, who is 94 next year, is the only symbol of stability the country currently has.”

Will there be another Queen’s speech?

The Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament and delivered the Queen’s speech on October 14.

While the ceremonial event usually happens on a yearly basis, the Queen will have to deliver another Queen’s speech following the snap election.

The date of the next Queen’s speech will be decided by the new government and a timeline for when it might happen remains unclear.

A drawn-out decision on when to hold the Queen’s speech could disrupt the Queen’s Christmas holiday plans.

Traditionally the Queen travels to the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk a few days before Christmas.

She spends the festive period there where she is joined by other Royal Family members and usually doesn’t return to London until February.

However, the current political upheaval could prompt the Queen to delay her holiday or to return to Westminster sooner than she had planned.

Will there be another Queen’s speech?

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