Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch of Great Britain, died on 08-09-2022 at the age of 96. The news of her demise was on every news channel and newspaper across the globe. Like many other countries, India also declared one-day state mourning in the Queen’s memory.
The Brits hold monarchy in high esteem. I have noticed their love for their Queen when I first visited England in November 2020 for my higher studies. It was a delightful experience to notice how faithful and loyal Britishers are towards their Queen. The Brits loved their Queen for many things. The dignified presentation in public and private life is one of the reasons. Perhaps these days people do not give dignity much credit, yet when Brits think of their Queen, they relate it to all that dignity entails. The queen exuded grace, was cheerful and unruffled. She appeared to the public as something bigger than herself.
During her remarkable services for her country in her longest reign of seventy years, two-hundred and fourteen days, she worked with fifteen prime ministers, and she answered millions of correspondences from across the globe.
Whenever I visited Buckingham Palace, I could find hundreds of people waiting to catch one glimpse of their Queen. Although I was not able to catch that glimpse but those who were able to, it would make their day if not month or a year.
At the same time, I must acknowledge that there is a section of Brit population who have criticised the monarchy system in Great Britain mostly on the premise that it is built on authoritarian and outdated political structure. For some, it strengthens the narrative of socio-economic inequality.
On her departure from this world, Queen Elizabeth II has been remembered both by her admirers and critics. Queen Elizabeth II has left behind a legacy of unmatched grace and dignity.
The writer is a practicing advocate and has done his Maters in Law from the United Kingdom