Susan O’Keeffe: Queen Elizabeth held the flag of respect; Liz Truss seems to have discarded it

The monarch lived almost all her long life in the service of the public and followed the ancient rules of monarchy pretty much to the letter

Queen Elizabeth meets Liz Truss, the British prime minister, two days before her death aged 96. Picture: Getty

The historic collision of the two Elizabeths this week will go down in history. Suddenly, the formality and patience of the 70-year-long reign of QE II was forced into the frame of the brash, impatient Liz Truss in her first hours as head of the British government.

They were the A and Z of what holding public office is about, as they stood by the marble and gilded fireplace, the dying Queen and the ambitious ...