HAYES IN THE HOUSE: Our Monarchy remains a guiding light
Despite the deluded, deceptive narrative of the internationalist commentariat, not all cultures are created equal.
The relative freedom, stability and prosperity of our western civilisation, though too often taken for granted, is rooted in the
sacrifices of our forefathers, informed and enlightened by generations of accumulated wisdom.
Institutions serve at the cornerstone of successful societies, enabling the introspection, shared identity and sense of belonging required to understand oneself and others.
Chief amongst the national institutions that matter is our constitutional monarchy – the most effective system of governance known, admired across the globe. Its demonstrable history as a guarantor of national sovereignty and the rule of law is unrivalled.
Amongst the many moments of magnitude and marvel in British history, the restoration of the Monarchy under Charles II ranks amongst the most welcome and significant.
Marking the end of Puritan zealotry, epitomised by its dull distaste for merriment, distain for aesthetic indulgence and disregard for faithful reverence (Cromwell even despised even the merriness of Christmas!), Charles, the ‘merry monarch,’ brightened the lives of those in court and beyond, his rule being welcomed by people of every class and circumstance.
With this in mind, I was relieved that the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent heart surgery – just three months before his 100th birthday – was a success. Many constituents have told me how much they too appreciate his long life of public service.
A man of courage and conviction, his dedication to our nation began before he became the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s husband.
Mentioned in dispatches for his service during the battle of Cape Matapan, in which he controlled his battleship’s searchlights, he went on to save his ship from attack during the invasion of Sicily, in July 1943 – launching a raft with smoke floats to distract enemy bombers.
Her Majesty’s dutiful husband for 74 years, Prince Philip has championed a multitude of good causes, dedicating – alongside other members of the Royal Family – countless hours to the betterment and elevation of others.
A patron of 780(!) organisations, his commitment to the welfare of young people, conservation of the environment, sport and investment in scientific research has opened thousands of doors for tens of thousands of people.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, following in his father’s footsteps, has done immense good for numerous Britons. The Prince’s Trust – founded in 1976 – has provided invaluable support, counsel, education and training to over one million young people as they take their first steps into the world of work.
We would do well as a nation to remember a perpetual truth – that the common good takes far longer to build than to destroy. Duty and dedication mark out those born to rule and who live to serve.
Having existed in one form or another for over 1,000 years – including through the harrowing wars of the last century – our Monarchy remains a guiding light. None shine brighter in the UK and across the Commonwealth than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our longest reigning monarch and perhaps the most loved of all sovereigns.