Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
Elizabeth places much of her trust in past precedent; she both lives in the present, and respects what has worked in the past. Her uncle’s abdication and the terrible trauma it inflicted on her parents and upbringing as a result overshadows the early years of her monarchy, and influences her decisions with regards to Margaret’s marriage. She understands the need to fit into modern society, and make use of it, to speak intelligently to foreign secretaries and dignitaries; that’s how the world works. Part of her yearns to be a “normal woman,” a wife and mother, to have her own home, to raise her children how she sees fit, and finds the dignity of the crown a hard burden to bear. She wants a more “modern” palace, and staff, but also is somewhat fearful about the unknown. Elizabeth is open to new ideas, and pushes against tradition from time to time (wanting her Prime Ministers to sit, permitting cameras at her coronation, permitting her husband more authority on her behalf, with his Olympic tour, etc).
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)
She’s detached, trustworthy, and able to keep her head. Elizabeth is willing to go to great lengths to get what she wants, and use diplomatic channels and power plays to get it. She worries that her education was insufficient for a leader, and hires a tutor to help her make up the difference. She pushes herself into exhaustion through a rigorous tour schedule, as part of a global tour, for political gain. Often, Cabinet members or Churchill can argue her into a new position using the facts, and rational approaches. More often than not, she puts aside “personal sentiment” for the good of “the crown.” Elizabeth wanted to marry Philip, when everyone else said no – and married Philip. She struggles mightily between her responsibilities as a monarch, and her strong Margaret should have similar freedoms in her choice of a husband. She often asserts herself, but sometimes backs down when others argue precedent. Her torment about her marriage problems, Philip’s unhappiness, and the weight of the throne, remains a silent barrier with others. She can be frank, but doesn’t even hold her uncle’s insults against him (“You call me Shirley Temple… because of the curls?”). Once she does share her feelings, it’s without gushing, just a simple truth: “You’re the only one I’ve ever loved. Can you honestly say the same?”
Enneagram: 6w5 social
Elizabeth understands and adheres to the duties and responsibilities of being queen, but can frequently put aside her own wishes and needs for past-precedent and how things have always been done. She questions things, and feels inadequate a lot of the time — over-preparing for her visit with Jackie Kennedy, assuming they had a nice time, and feeling hurt and blind-sided when Jackie makes drunken remarks about her at a party. When her husband asks her to challenge palace traditions, she refuses and continues to uphold them. She can be logical and exacting, pointing out solid reasons for why she will not change her mind or back down. Elizabeth’s 5 wing isn’t sure how to handle social engagements; she can be awkward, repressed, and envious of Jackie’s more flamboyant charm. She is traditional, somewhat repressed, and always appropriate.