Dressing to symbolise the nation like this is how Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has crafted her political persona since she first ran for president - and Croatia's World Cup run gave her her biggest ever stage. 1/?
The internet loves Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the president who wears the national shirt and hugs both team's players in the rain! indy100.com/article/world-…
But understanding what Grabar-Kitarović's performances mean as a politician in Croatia means looking into how Croatian nationalism has co-opted football ever since the war of independence, and how she links her image as Croatia's first female president into this founding myth.
By 2012, Windrush had already become part of many versions of Britain's national myth - part of UK public commemorative culture, ripe for the beginning of a story about tolerance and progress.
The idea of Britain welcoming the Windrush Generation, and the story of 1990s/2000s society moving on from the racism of the 1960s and 1970s, symbolised the kind of Britain that would be comfortable with having a Commonwealth not an Empire.
True, to draw stronger conclusions about their social identity we'd need evidence about whether they lived as male after the war as well, which is scant enough for US Civil War (best ex.: Albert Cashier?) let alone British
But even historians who are wary of projecting modern identity labels on to past (& we *are* dealing with early modern ideas of gender & the body here, not today's) can accept there have been people who felt such deep incongruity with the gender they'd been born into...