"God Save the Queen"
Tobin Harshaw of the New York Times has a roundup of opinions on what may happen next as British pols jockey to form a government & on whether or not we should care.
The Constant Weader responds:
The real victor may be Elizabeth Rex II. The marginalized monarch actually has a role here, according to British constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor. If the parties can't agree to form a government, the Queen can use her "reserve powers" (which haven't been used since the 19th century) to call a new election; she can also prevent a new election if she thinks there's a better idea. One suspects that the Queen, prodded by her ever-so-upper-crust husband, will favor the Tories.
Bogdanor calls the Queen's role that of "a kind of constitutional umpire." But things could get interesting. Pitchforks may be raised if the Queen is perceived as too imperious or too precipitous in her actions. Whatever may come, this might be a fine place for a round of "God Save the Queen."