QUEEN Elizabeth II should be known in history books as Elizabeth the Great, royal commentator Michael Cole has said.
He told GB News: ‘The Queen was by no means grandiose, the work was grand, but she had an absolute natural modesty…
“There are very good reasons for history to know her as Elizabeth the Great because it is an unprecedented reign.
“She’s barely taken a wrong foot in 70 years, met 13 US presidents, had 15 prime ministers, met the last one doing his duty as always, just two days ago.
“And the proof is that they are at the Palace. These people were not taken by bus. They weren’t ordered. They weren’t told to hold a flag and wave it.
“It’s not North Korea. It’s not Russia. It’s not orchestrated. It’s people who show one thing, a very big word, affection, yes. And that you can’t buy.
Mr Cole, speaking in an interview with Alastair Stewart on GB News, added: ‘The Queen, who believed very strongly in the value of the Union, somehow strengthened it by dying at Balmoral.
“I think it’s amazing and it underlines the nature of this country, because I don’t know if people realize the Queen is the supreme head of the Church of England, when she crosses the border into Scotland, she becomes a Presbyterian by magic and she is a member of the Church of Scotland.
“His body will go to Holyrood House, his official residence in Edinburgh, then it will travel up the Royal Mile and be put on display at St Giles Cathedral.”
He said: ‘She had views which she did not express publicly, although Mr Cameron let slip how she felt about the Scottish referendum.
“She believed in it and, I don’t know what you think, but I believe that Tommy and Jock shared too many holes in foreign wars for our great union of 1707 to fall apart.
“It’s a great country and it should stick together, and she believed in that.”
Mr Cole added: ‘I have always thought Her Majesty the Queen was happiest when she was the squire at Sandringham or she was the laird at Balmoral, when she was in jodhpurs doing around one of his horses or to go down to the royal stud.
“She was an English country woman at heart.”
He added: “You’ve featured some of the key speeches she gave during her reign, but I think there’s one that still sticks in my memory because she was very apolitical, but she made a very, very good talk…
“In the 1970s during the Silver Jubilee, the speech to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall, she told them at the time, there was terrible violence in Northern Ireland and people suggested that Northern Ireland should somehow be launched as a separate little statement.
“And she said, I have to remember that I was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom. And that’s been a huge benefit for the people who live here.
“Another event I remembered last night as I was reflecting on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, I was covering a story in Canada. When Quebecers once again tried to get their separation voted through, they ultimately lost the referendum , It was a long time ago.
“But His Majesty on the steps of the Canadian Parliament delivered that same speech about Canada together is stronger and better than Canada apart.”