US COMMONERS, SPEAKING ABOUT THE QUEEN

By Doly Mallet


Queen Elizabeth II died, and we are almost tired of the topic. We have read so many different things about her; we feel that we already know everything. Interesting, taking the fact that Monarchy was created within the belief that the monarch was a representative of God, someone who was beyond and above us, an untouchable figure. But nowadays, with all the media surrounding us, Monarchy is more like a reality show on which we can all comment because even though the characters are Royal, they are more human and closer than ever.


We know all the scandals, the infidelities, the plotting, the family breakups, who is the favorite child, who is not, how was their education, their sufferings… We even know how they repeat some family patterns: there is always a “responsible sibling” and a “rebel sibling,” like Elizabeth herself and her sister Margaret, or their father George VI (who accepted the responsibility of the throne) versus Uncle Edward VIII who declined it for love, and of course, the new generation represented with William and Harry.


Photo Credit: https://wallpaperaccess.com/queen-elizabeth-ii


Queen Elizabeth II died, and we are almost tired of the topic. We have read so many different things about her; we feel that we already know everything. Interesting, taking the fact that Monarchy was created within the belief that the monarch was a representative of God, someone who was beyond and above us, an untouchable figure. But nowadays, with all the media surrounding us, Monarchy is more like a reality show on which we can all comment because even though the characters are Royal, they are more human and closer than ever.


We know all the scandals, the infidelities, the plotting, the family breakups, who is the favorite child, who is not, how was their education, their sufferings… We even know how they repeat some family patterns: there is always a “responsible sibling” and a “rebel sibling,” like Elizabeth herself and her sister Margaret, or their father George VI (who accepted the responsibility of the throne) versus Uncle Edward VIII who declined it for love, and of course, the new generation represented with William and Harry.


Or we know that Elizabeth repeated some patterns with Queen Victoria, her ancestor: They both were very young when they ascended to the throne, even though they were not the first in line when they were born. Obedient and responsible, they follow their “destiny” and give their lives to their duty, but they also fell in love with handsome cousins, and their sons were already seniors when they took the crown.


The Monarchy is an institution similar to the Church. Unquestionable in past centuries, but super confronted by modern people today, discussing if they should survive, be dissolved, or adapt to a modern era. Probably, the most interesting thing we can read and analyze about the death of Queen Elizabeth, is the comments of commoners like us.


Some people joke about her going to heaven, and some people get angry about that possibility. Some people say she finally reunited with the Duke, and others say they had a terrible marriage; therefore, there is no romance in that thought. Some people say her punishment is to find Diana on the other side, and others say the real judgment is about the enslaved people she ruled; others say she did a great job while reigning because she learned and changed.


It is the same with Team Kate or Team Megan. Who you like or dislike says much more about yourself than about the characters you speak of because they are almost an archetype, a vessel that represents specific values. In the end, in favor or not, we are consumers of the game, but the beauty of it is that now, we can speak genuinely open and share our opinions, and history can hear us. Ultimately, Elizabeth ruled from 1952 until her death on Sept. 8, 2022, being the longest-reigning monarch in British history. To study and to comment on her doings is to be observers of change in history. At least, now we feel we have a voice on wanting—or not—more transformation.


Photo Credit: https://wallpaperaccess.com/queen-elizabeth-ii


Let’s keep talking and using the media that feed us with gossip to express our concerns about what type of future we want. They are listening, or we wouldn’t be commenting on Netflix shows, movies, or even a Broadway play about the Royals. Our opinion is making an effect.


 

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