By HM Queen Anna
Her Majesty’s personal column is published exclusively by The AG every week. This royal op-ed was reprinted from her column in yesterday’s evening edition.
Do you ever get that uneasy, tightening feeling in your chest that the world is out to throw everything but the kitchen sink at you?
I’ve been feeling a bit like that. I was kind of on a roll, actually. The House of Ministers had passed my first bill for a huge bridge to be built in Northuldra, replacing the ruins of my grandfather’s dam. It’s going to be a connector between our kingdom and the forest, and symbolize something better than Runeard’s darkness. Elsa and I invited Honeymaren to stay with me here in the palace, as our official Northuldran emissary (the embassy has almost finished construction), and she’s been… amazing. She is my closest ally in my endeavors to build a grand alliance with kingdoms like Dun Broch, Corona, and several others.
General Mattias and I need this grand alliance because we’re in a predatory geopolitical situation where colonial sea empires can attack smaller kingdoms anytime. The bill to start sending out diplomats to negotiate with our new allies passed both houses, too.
Together with ministers loyal to me, and the relentless and favourable coverage by this paper (thanks, chief!), I’d outflanked the faction that supports my grandfather’s policies. You, too, dear citizen, have supported me through all these struggles. I was grateful and things were looking up.
But then came the whispers in Parliament, both in the House of Ministers and House of Jarls, about Elsa’s weekend visits to the palace. A whole lobby is now trying to convince me that my own sister is somehow controlling me, like a force behind the throne. That hurts bad. What am I supposed to say to that? Everything I’ve done is of my own choice and what I think is best for the realm. But I’d rather die than deny myself Elsa’s company. She’s my queen, so what? That’s right, I said it.
Then this military attack by the East India Company on Bjorgman House ships blew up in my face. Now if I make a wrong move we might be looking at war with Britain – a war that we can’t afford without the grand alliance. I will not sacrifice lives senselessly.
Anyone else feel overwhelmed these days, like me? No matter how your mind tries to tell you that each situation is unique and demands its own reactions and solutions… sometimes you can’t escape the conclusion that everything is conspiring to gang up on you – and crush you.
I’d like to use my column tonight to urge you: stay strong with me. The only way to get through your struggle is to handle things as they are, without listening to that voice in your head that says you can’t make it, that you’re not worthwhile. Banish those voices and focus on the problem, without projecting anything onto them. That’s what I’m trying to do, even if I don’t always succeed.
Step by step: it’s always been the only thing I’ve known to do well. I certainly need to draw on this during my times of trial. Whatever your pain, whatever your challenges, I pray you’ll be able to, as well.
I wish you a good night, dear citizens, and may the spirits bless Arendelle. Signing off, your friend and servant.