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Elizabeth, the last matriarch
The missing queen was able to exercise her power so skilfully as to make it invisible. A profound influence that has never produced repercussions. Wisdom, an iron sense of duty, pragmatism, emotional control and no narcissism: these are the traits of a sovereignty that make her a model of female authority

Gaby Hinsliff for The Guardian Stop all the clocks. Unplug the phone. For once, the opening lines of the poem […]