The Authentic Leadership of a Queen

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Posted: Sep 27, 2022 12:01 AM

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“Roedd lle arbenig i Gymru yn ei chalon.” That’s a mouthful, unless you speak Welsh as does the new King Charles III of Britain, who learned the language while he studied at Aberystwyth University in the 1960’s. “Wales had a special place in her heart.” The King’s recent bilingual address to the Welsh Parliament is important because it demonstrates an appreciation of a unique people and culture within the larger United Kingdom, and a sense that to be the leader of a people you must relate to them.

The royal family under the late Queen Elizabeth II has been a model of authenticity and the spirit of public service. That idea rubs many Americans the wrong way, but there’s something to it.

The Queen famously loved Scotland, Scottish traditions, and Balmoral Castle. But she also knew her local neighbors there, worshipped alongside them, and opened her home to them many times. From the famous Buckingham

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