One side insists the dignity of the monarchy has been destroyed by the shenanigans of the family. I came away from the series feeling extremely sorry for the Queen who has done her part and more for upholding protocol and time honored tradition. It's the rest of the mob who have given us a bad taste. The other side clings to the time honored institution of the figurative head of the country. She really has no authority, beyond a sharp word of criticism here and there. We all love fairy tales of the beautiful princess and charming prince. This is no fairy tale---it is real life. With real life comes all the drama of living in a fallen world. We all have clay feet and are prone to faLL---none of us are perfect.
Added to the responsibility for trying to keep the family straight, the Queen is automatically named as the Head of The Church of England upon coronation. Try living up to that role. We all know the head of any church is supposed to be heads above the rest of us mortals. Overt - open sinful lives are not condoned. Ask Queen Elizabeth's professor, King Edward. You cannot have your cake and eat it too! The House of Windsor lives a very public life and we all are watching.
I came away thinking about the rule of The Queen, beginning as a naive narrowly educated young woman until today as the longest ruling monarch. She has morphed into a highly honored institution among the British. She has stood the test of time, weathered the storms, and risen to the top. What a legacy she will leave behind.
BUT, the series also points out her mis-steps, the family scandals, the stiff formality, and the messiness of families. I came away pondering how it must feel to have a permanent record pointing out the details of her mistakes, mis-ques, and out right messes. If you consider the queen's life as a whole, she has lived a good life. Mankind it seems is more interested in remembering her humanness and failings as a monarch. With all the good she has done, historians are keen that we understand the bad as well as the good. Though she has made tremendous strides to correct the wrongs and amend the wayward ways of the crown, we refuse to forget or allow her to put it behind her.
How thankful I am that we serve a God who forgets our sin once we have turned from our sinful ways and repented. The Word tells us He has removed from His sight our transgressions as far as the east is from the east. He forgets our sin when we come before Him and repent. God does not have a rolling documentary of all our lives. Our repented sins are on the cutting room floor to never resurface again. How much kinder and merciful is our Great God than we are to one another. What a Mighty God we serve.