A phone call from her prime minister, followed by three privy councillors travelling up to Scotland, may have been a surprise for some of us but the Queen would have no doubt seen it coming.
While she may be on her summer holiday at Balmoral at the moment, every day she is kept up to date with the business of government by her private secretaries, who would have been fully aware of the contentious move Boris Johnson was preparing to make.
During his campaign to become Conservative Party leader, Mr Johnson did not rule out proroguing parliament, but said he would rather not use what he called an “archaic” parliamentary tactic to get Brexit through.
Former prime minister John Major claimed the move would place the Queen in the middle of a “constitutional controversy”. So has it?
Those who would rather see the end of our hereditary monarchy say it proves why we need an elected head of state.
Republic, the anti-monarchy group, said: “Boris Johnson has thrown British politics into a deep crisis, and has shone a spotlight on the impotence of the Queen and the role of the monarch’s powers.
“Already people are petitioning the Queen to intervene, but she won’t.
“Not because she can’t, but because the Queen’s first priority is always the preservation of the monarchy.”
While others have criticised Mr Johnson for pulling the Queen into the political fray, others say Wednesday’s events have shown our constitution to be functioning in the way it should.
That is: the Queen acting on the advice of her prime minister and her privy councillors, assisted by her private secretaries.
That is not to downplay the significance of this moment.
But some would argue that as Brexit continues to divide the nation, it is more a sign of a national political crisis than a sign of our constitution faltering.
And it is that divide which I suspect will concern Her Majesty the most.
In the past year we have heard messages from her of unity and working together – in her Christmas message and in a speech at a WI event in Norfolk.
In the coming weeks it is likely that Mr Johnson, like other previous prime ministers, will be invited to join the Queen in Balmoral for a weekend break.
It is an opportunity for Her Majesty to get to know her 14th prime minister a little better and possibly find out more about how he intends to bring together her United Kingdom.
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