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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

 

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96.

- <https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/08/queen-elizabeth-ii-britains-longest-reigning-monarch-dies-aged-96>

27 comments:

  1. Her coronation was the same year as my birth. She has always been there, and now she isn't. This feels unreal.

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  2. Her coronation was televised, and we went next door to watch. It was my introduction to television. Her entire life she has impressed me with her commitment to her people and by her ability to navigate contention with grace and equanimity. A lesser person might have diminished the monarchy. I believe she strengthened it. May she rest in peace.

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  3. May her memory be eternal. - hrplo

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  4. An answer to your earlier question about the definition of "class."

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  5. You must be related to her somehow.

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  6. The world will now become used to God Save the King. Let Charles III serve his subjects with the same qualities as his mother.

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  7. In this rotten world she was the most respected public figure, no matter what country, language or nationality. Seems that people are still attached to traditional values. May she rest in peace.

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  8. From this side of the Atlantic, thank you for your acknowledgement.

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  9. There is something to be said for apolitical continuity.

    I wish we had an apolitical national champion of "Americaness" the way the UK is served by a national champion of Britishness.

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    1. Be very careful what you wish for.

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  10. King Charles (that sounds odd) is proof that you can graduate from a leading university, be a pilot in two branches of the armed forces and the captain of a warship, play the cello, and compete as a world-class athlete well into middle age--and still have a large number of people speak of you as a non-entity who's never really done anything. As a small child, I watched the telecast of his investiture as Prince of Wales, and I've always followed his career. The loss of Queen Elizabeth is a severe blow, but I believe the monarchy is in good hands.

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  11. Unsurprisingly, The Guardian's "obituary" is cold hearted with no sincere tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years of service to her people. The paper's extreme leftist , republican journalists and readers despise the Monarchy and would abolish it if given the opportunity. They will be rejoicing at the Queen's death and will attack Prince Charles at the first opportunity.

    Americans should not regard The Guardian as reflecting the opinions of the British people. It's just a rag written by champagne socialists who hate Britain, its Christian culture, traditions and our Monarchy. To understand the value of Monarchy, just look at the criminals, sexual predators, war-mongers, liars and incompetents who have been elected POTUS.

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    1. I read the piece, and it seemed to strike the right balance of straightforward news and hagiography. I read The Guardian regularly, and have to say I don’t pick up on a republican bent, or any other of the characteristics you describe.

      -Mike

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    2. I would agree with you. I found the article respectful and appreciative without being fawning. I don't find The Guardian extreme in its views and I myself am rather quite centrist in my politics.

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    3. I was surprised to see such negative commentary around her and her passing, and from people I tend to respect and admire. Of course, with social media as it is, negativity and contrarianism sells, no matter what side of the political spectrum it's on. The Twitter clout game is too important for journalists these days.
      Queen Elizabeth meant a lot to me, even as an American, and I don't mind saying that.

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    4. The Guardian is not an "extreme leftist" paper. It champions consumerism for heavens's sake! It's far more centrist/liberal and they have writers from across the political spectrum.

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    5. Re: Anon 9/9 4:06—Show me you're an angry, shrill Tory who doesn't actually read newspapers without saying you're an angry, shrill Tory who doesn't actually read newspapers.

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    6. Oh for heaven's sake. The Guardian is known around the world as a left-liberal newspaper, proudly and unabashedly so. It's not a personal insult, it just is.

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    7. I don't believe the previous ripostes are countering the fact that The Guardian is a left-liberal or centrist-liberal paper; I think that is self-evident. I think what is at issue is the opprobium levelled by the OP, which does seem easily perceived as needlessly extreme in its vehemence. Anyway, let us all leave the subject behind us and return to civility, as this bit is starting to be a bit petty, ill-mannered and disrespectful for such a sober and contemplative post and thread such as this.

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  12. Vaya con Dios your majesty

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  13. I have to say that some of the tweets that l have seen is making me reconsider my view of Americans ! Some have been frankly disgusting

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  14. No matter who you are nor how old you are - it's hard to lose your mother. I've got a shiny new quarter that bets Elizabeth will be a popular baby name in 2023!!

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  15. Hard to imagine her not being here. But her memory shall carry on!🇬🇧

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  16. Its not odd to view the institution of monarchy as outdated in the 21st century. Whats left of it in Europe is very low key by comparision to the U.K. But the negative remarks on social media do not seem to be reflected in the general population when you see the large crowds in both Scotland and England who are turning out to see what for many people, is a once in a lifetime event. The late Queen saw enormous change during her reign, one of the biggest being lack of privacy. The press and every Tom, Dick and Harry on social media feel they have the moral right to scrutinise and criticise every aspect of the Royal family and pretty much anyone associated with them. Shakespeare's Henry IV was right; uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. King Charles won't have the long reign of his late mother, he is 73 after all, and I think the ascension of the new Prince of Wales, William, will see a change in the institution to perhaps something much more streamlined and more like their European counterparts.

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  17. Godspeed, Your Majesty.

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