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‘Lizzy’, global and glocal icon

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Elizabeth II (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was the ruler of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, plus fifteen Commonwealth states, the organization of 56 countries scattered across the globe. The longest-lived queen on the throne of Saint George (70 years paraded on the life of 150 million subjects, from English decolonization to Brexit) was the planetary allegory in the fraction of two millennia, from the twentieth century to the twenty-first century and diplomatic relations woven to honour the most prestigious Crown in the world. The sober and fresh communication of ‘Lizzy’ (the tender nickname attributed to the queen) also exhibited by the original outfit, characterized bypastel nuance and leather handbag, enhances the appeal strengthened by the formula “pop queen Elizabeth”, created by the mass-circuit international media. This great figure evokes the multiplicity of similar stars transmitted by the over-millennial history of famous empresses, inaugurated by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and legendary leaders on the battlefield. The spread of civil rights links Elizabeth II and Napoleon I of France: the decolonization performed on the British Empire offered more freedom to subjects, just like the four plebiscites promoted by the General from 1800 to 1815, to give voice to the main innovations included in the Constitutional Charter to French citizens (men aged at least 21 and women heads of household). The story of Elizabeth II also affects the territory of Alessandria: in 2015, from the Cerutti mechanical workshops of Casale Monferrato came out the appropriate equipment to print the British pounds on plastic sheets, more durable and more immune to counterfeiting, to replace the watermarked paper banknote.