In recent times, some people have rumored of a subtle changing of the guard; a passing of who stays in charge with interest to prepare Charles and even William for Kingship.
But if there was ever any doubt who remains in charge, those thoughts were laid to rest in one of the most extraordinary days in modern royal history.
With a masterful stroke of leadership, the Queen took back control of a situation that had in recent times threatened the fabric of the institution.
In her amazing statement, she mentions “family” eight times. The message is clear: We are united and we will survive.
When a star player causes problems for the rest of the team, any boss worth their mettle will not hesitate to take action.
No matter what, no one is bigger than the club. And in this case, that club – revered around the world for its handling of its triumphs as well as its misfortunes – is the monarchy , which the Queen has served so dutifully during her 67 years so far on the throne.
Undeniably torn between her loyalty to a grandson she adores and the future of the heir she will leave behind, the Queen has for the moment found compromise and agreement from a place where it has been severely lacking.
And yet, there are undoubtedly distinct echoes of sadness, with talks of preferred scenarios, transitions and resolutions.
All of which show us that there could still be plenty more to play for on both sides.