I’m struggling to understand, though, why posts in a forum which has always supported evolution of word meaning through common usage are now saying that someone else’s words should mean what they, not the speaker, think it should mean.
That’s very well, but what _does_ the Queen mean? That’s what I’m trying to ascertain.
_Has_ the meaning of humbling changed so that it means elevating, buoying, some other meaning that would suit this context? If so, huzzah! I hope the dictionaries are updated soon.
Or is the Queen uttering a common white lie? I can’t read her mind, and in any case this is not just about this one instance: this is a continuation of a yuku thread in which plenty of other examples are given.
She got it by simple virtue of being the eldest daughter of a man who was king, a king with no male heirs. Whether she did anything that required great effort on her part I wouldn’t know, not being aware of any of the finer workings of the United Kingdom, but even if she had I could easily see that she might not think they were anything more than what any reasonably competent person would have done in her circumstances.
Whether or not the Queen is deserving of her post or the adulation she is receiving would be a political matter somewhat beyond the scope of this forum, I would think.