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The Queen died, here’s what it meant to the world

Long live the..?

words by: Natasha Marsh
Nov 10, 2022

I remember being at Queen Elizabeth II‘s 90th birthday party. I was in my second and final year of British grad school and my sister and brother were visiting for the week. Among the many public celebrations her Majesty and the royal court held, we went to the big block party held outside of her home. It seemed like all of England and neighboring European cities (minus the Irish, who very strongly don’t support her after the 30-year conflict with Northern Ireland), had come out to celebrate the longest monarchy and pay tribute to the Queen.

 

It was a glorious day for the city I started to call home, as many people shared positive story after story of how the Queen impacted their lives. Everything about that day was out of love and respect — the exact opposite of what took place when she passed away.

 

Queen Elizabeth II, born on April 21, 1926, died at natural death on September 8, 2022, and the world began to talk. Many people (mostly white) expressed their love for the queen — however, commonwealth nations and people of color had something else to say about the 70-year reign.

 

There are several communities believing they are exempt from showing respect or practicing niceties for a person who never exercised empathy to the people who lived under her. Documents that came out last year proved Queen Elizabeth II made plans to ensure colored immigrants and foreigners would not be employed at Buckingham Palace, unless as domestic servants — a practice put in place more than 3 decades ago, and an eye into why the “what color will he be” was asked of the Duke and Duchess’s baby boy, Archie.

 

“Telling the colonized how they should feel about their colonizer’s health and wellness is like telling my people that we ought to worship the Confederacy,” one tweet read. “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star,” another shared.

 

 

While many are still grieving the monarch, others are hoping patriotism and colonialism will end with the Queen. Speaking of, King Charles (formerly the Prince of Wales) stood in place to become the successor — an understanding the two had since the Queen turned 90. If King Charles chooses to keep his name (royals can change their names when they ascend the throne) he will be known as King Charles III.

 

So where do you stand on your ties to the Queen?

 

If you’re unsure why England and Ireland have beef, we have shows and movies you can watch to catch up. After giving a look, it’s not hard to see why the Irish cheered what they did at a football game once the news was announced.

 

Photo via AP