The National Council of the European Resistance obviously has no animosity towards Queen Elizabeth. It is ready to pay tribute to her person, her personality and her dignity on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of her reign. It cannot fail to note, however, that while this reign was the longest one in British history, it was also the saddest and most devastating.

Elizabeth II found a country severely damaged and impoverished by the Second World War, but with the incomparable prestige of its heroic and long solitary resistance to the threat of German invasion and Nazi hegemony: no other people had defended its rank, independence and control of its territory with such honour, courage and glory. Seventy years later, by the effect of a reversal of attitude and temperament as unlikely as it is inexplicable, one finds an invaded kingdom, which its indigenous peoples, overwhelmed or, worse still, delighted or resigned, share with all the peoples of the Earth, while all that made the uniqueness, the nobility and the seduction of a civilization among the highest and most refined that Europe and the Earth have known is lost before our eyes, in criminality, urban dereliction and social chaos. Neither Æthelred-the-Unready, nor John without Land, nor Richard II, nor Richard III have left a more disastrous record.