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No one knows whether exposure to the Nobel process would be to her liking, or would benefit her symbolic position above the fray,’ says Sunanda K Datta-Ray

The not so muted whisper in London is that since nominations are due by the end of January, some Commonwealth leaders are quietly planning just this.

With Marlborough House in London being scrubbed down for last week's largest-ever Commonwealth summit, it isn't surprising that attention should turn to two key figures.

One is Jawaharlal Nehru who merits a passing nod for having made it possible for an independent republic to be a member of a group that acknowledges Britain's monarch as its head.
The other is the queen of whose keen interest in the Commonwealth, especially in its Asian, African and West Indian members, no one doubts.

But no one keeps her own counsel more assiduously than Her Majesty.

It has been said she would rather win the Derby, but that only underlines that fact that almost everything said about her is hearsay.

No one knows whether exposure to the Nobel process would be to her liking, or would benefit her symbolic position above the fray.