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Death of monarch causes royal grieving

SAT. | 10-15-22 | OPINION

     The United Kingdom's (UK) longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Sept. 8, provoking the entire world to go into a period of mourning. Several countries paid their respects to the Queen’s passing; Some being Australia, who projected an image of her onto the Sydney Opera House, and Brazil, who lit up their Christ the Redeemer statue with the colors of the United Kingdom's flag. Many questions arose from the death of Queen Elizabeth II considering how the UK and the 54 countries in the Commonwealth would be affected after this tragic loss. While the future for many nations are uncertain under the rule of King Charles III, it is important to remember what a fair and revolutionary leader Queen Elizabeth II was. 

     Her reign was almost not made possible due to her father being the youngest son of King George V. However, her uncle abdicated the throne making her father King George VI and Elizabeth the next heir. In her earlier years before


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becoming Queen, Elizabeth was highly educated and was very interested in British history and law. I think being interested in the way her country is run and its past is one of the many reasons why Elizabeth was greatly popular among the people. 

     Elizabeth furthered her interest in political affairs after she was crowned Queen and developed a close relationship with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Within the British Parliament, all bills must receive Royal Assent before they are passed into law. Queen Elizabeth not only gave this, but trusted Parliament enough to automatically provide her Royal Assent the entirety of her time as Head of State. For me, this showed how humble the Queen was of her position, she had no intention of becoming a power hungry monarch, and wanted the best political decisions made for her people. 

     Another important factor that made the Queen greatly liked by all was her commitment to not only change the world's views of the Royal Crown, but modernize it. She did this in many ways, one being that she traveled more than any other British monarch before her. She even traveled to almost every single one of the countries in the Commonwealth and attended most Commonwealth meetings. This showed how the Queen not only showed interest in her role but also cared for each of the nations in the Commonwealth. 

     Elizabeth also changed the traditions of the Crown by allowing her grandson Prince William to marry Kate Middleton. This was very uncommon as members of the royal family were usually supposed to marry other royals. This modernization continued with the marriage of her other grandson Prince Harry when he married Meghan Markle. This was even more outside of the royal family's norms considering Meghan was American and not a member of the Church of England. This disregard for the past rightfully earned Queen Elizabeth II support from the public proving she valued love and her family more than royal supremacy. 

     With all the good the Queen has done, there has also been much controversy during her rule as well. First with the sexual assault alegations against her son Prince Andrew, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military titles and royal power. Then with Harry and Meghan leaving the royal family. That could have ruined any family that is constantly in the spotlight, however, the Queen kept the respect of Harry and Meghan and they even named their first daughter Lilibet, after Elizabeth. 

     Despite these controversies, Queen Elizabeth always maintained her reputation as a good ruler for the UK and Commonwealth. She never stopped devoting her life to her country and the public. While only time can tell if King Charles III will be a great monarch, it is always important to remember all the great things Queen Elizabeth II did for the world. 

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