It appears the Queen has become the latest figure to be dragged into America's culture wars after attending the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday. Her speech, which set out the government's policies for the new parliamentary session, mentioned a bill to introduce mandatory Voter ID in British elections – something that has caused the monarch to become lionised by some Republicans who now view her as a champion against electoral fraud.
The Republican State Leadership Committee has done its best to herald Her Majesty as a fearless fighter in the war on woke, declaring: 'The woke cancel culture mob continues to call voter ID racist. Now that the Queen of England will require an ID to vote, will Dems cancel her too?'
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) May 12, 2021
The woke cancel culture mob continues to call voter ID racist.Now that the Queen of England will require an ID to vote, will Dems cancel her too? pic.twitter.com/XG9s8sp4uO
Former Florida congressional candidate Lavern Spicer has piled in too, writing 'The Queen of England is about to start requiring Voter ID (probably because she’s wondering how Sadiq Khan’s crazy ass got elected again) but America is still trying to call it racist. Is it racist now when the UK does it?' Donald Trump's ex lawyer Jenna Ellis asked rhetorically 'Is the Queen racist?' while conservative journalist Kyle Becker smirked 'The Queen of England is *triggering* the left worldwide with major announcement.'
At least Americans are not alone in misunderstanding the Queen's role. The leader of the French Greens Julien Bayou greeted the news of the gay conversion therapy ban by personally contrasting the 95-year-old 'Queen of England who shows herself more liberal and protective of minorities' with his own president Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to illustrate how age has no bearing on personal politics.
— Julien Bayou (@julienbayou) May 11, 2021
Récemment c'est le président Biden qui faisait passer Macron pour conservateur sur les questions climat et inégalités.Là c'est la reine d'Angleterre qui se montre plus libéral et protectrice des minorités, quand le gouvernement refuse d'agir.Comme quoi l'âge...#RienAGuerir https://t.co/d1Z8df5obG
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) May 11, 2021
We're about to hear 20 minutes of government propaganda forced through the Queen's lips and tomorrow the Royal Family will tell us they don't get involved in politics.#NoMoreQueensSpeech
Even some in the UK failed to appreciate the Queen's constitutional role, with self-styled constitutional buff and ardent anti-Brexiteer Femi Oluwole trying to start the hashtag #NoMoreQueensSpeech and claiming 'She's not speaking for the people. She's speaking for the Tories' – ignoring of course that in her 69 year long reign Elizabeth II has performed the same function for all governments, regardless of party.
It seems now that some in the Royal Household have taken alarm at the Queen being used as a political football in this way. The official @RoyalFamily Twitter account has now been called into action to remind excitable politicos: 'The Speech is not drafted by The Queen, but by the Government, outlining policies and proposed future legislation.'
Still, must be a change to see republicans applauding a monarch for once.