Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022
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After more than 70 years on the throne, the only queen most Britons have ever known has died on 8 September 2022. She oversaw the government of 15 prime ministers.
As words go, grief feels inadequate for describing public sentiment in the wake of the Queen’s death. More than the death of an individual, people are perhaps mourning the loss of what she represented.
King Charles has inherited the crown at a time when support for the institution of the monarchy has fallen to a new low. Future public support for the monarchy may well rest heavily on the King’s ability to prove a worthy successor.
Elizabeth II was a safe pair of hands for the British monarchy in a turbulent and changing era. Her wisdom and unceasing sense of duty meant she was widely viewed with a combination of respect, esteem, awe and affection, which transcended nations, classes and generations.
Britain has gone through unimaginable change culturally and politically during Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.