Plans are afoot to nominate Her Majesty The Queen for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her “determined diplomacy in keeping the Commonwealth alive” While loyalties are varied, it is reported that many politicians across all parties are backing the idea of nominating Her Majesty.
The Commonwealth will be turning 70 next year and in her 66-year reign, Her Majesty The Queen has been its biggest supporter and its guiding spirit. The Commonwealth was partly set up by her father, King George VI, in the wake of Indian and Pakistani independence and many believe that Her Majesty is the glue that has held together the disparate and occasionally warring members.
While many believe that The Queen is worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, there are those who would be inclined to disagree. Historian, Richard Drayton, concludes “it is an absurd idea, but I suppose given that the peace prize has been given to Kissinger after Cambodia and Obama before he did anything, the bar has been set low.”
The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. The Commonwealth dates back to the mid 20th century with the decolonisation of the British Empire through increased self-governance of its territories.
Membership of the Commonwealth is celebrated and its values enshrined through the Commonwealth Charter and the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth has an estimated population of over 2 billion and spans all six of the inhabited continents.
Empire and Commonwealth historian, Ashley Jackson, credits The Queen for creating an international role for herself that is independent of the British Government, “No one will ever know a fraction of what she does behind closed doors, using her soft power to influence relations between Commonwealth members and between Britain and the Commonwealth.”