Queen of her time

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 03, 2008 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured during the State Opening of Parliament in London, on December 3, 2008. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the British government’s legislative programme for the next year Wednesday, with the emphasis on bolstering the economy against further mayhem. Ministers are under heavy pressure to introduce measures which would force Britain’s banks — some of which are now part state-owned — to do more to help businesses weather the financial storm. (Photo by SHAUN CURRY / POOL / AFP)


September 12, 2022

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, commentators saw it as the twilight of the British empire. Many people saw the Queen as the embodiment of colonization, an era when the so-called stiff upper lip was the norm. With her passing, will the British royals finally be in step with modern times.

In all the criticisms against the Queen, what had been overlooked is that as a princess, the Queen was bound by the conventions of formality — a detachment from one’s emotions, an unemotional mien that sets the royals apart from their subjects. It was trait that stood out; while the rest of the world moved on and came in touch with their personal feelings, the royals were out of tune with the times.

With the Queen reigning over her subjects for 70 years, Gen Xers and millennials knew no other monarch. With King Charles III now ruling over the British empire, we await how the royal family’s character will change. Will the royals finally be part of the 21st century?

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