Queen Wealhtheow. Vocabulary/Diction.
As a woman, Queen Wealhtheow is a symbol of family: children and the continuation of the line.
This also works to symbolize the continuation of civilization and culture, for these are factors which nurture growth.
In short, we are to respect and admire her. She carries all the weight of a worthy and honorable queen. She works to better her society and strengthen the forces which nurture it: peace and the continuation of the line.