Reflections on the Death and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II – The State Times


Lara Murray-Sterzel, Personal editor |

Every day is a part of history to be recorded. But there is one thing people can agree on and that is that the story is unexpected. Take the death of Queen Elizabeth II for example, although we saw it coming, the reality of living without her is unimaginable. She was England’s longest-serving monarch who inherited the throne after her father passed away in 1952. To everyone’s surprise, the Queen’s death drew many mixed reactions around the world. Why would people react differently than expected? Panelists from the departments of history, women’s and gender studies, sociology and English met to discuss the response.

Queen Elizabeth II reigned over England for seventy years until her death at the age of 96. With the queen gone, some people wanted the monarchy to end and become a republic. But much to their disappointment, the Queen’s eldest son, Charles, was crowned King of England. The panelists provided evidence of why people believed the monarchy should become a republic. The panelists presented the consequences of the monarchy. Their statements illustrated the racism within the monarchy institute, its greed factors, the enormous wealth of the royal family, indifference to the suffering in the kingdom at times, harsh inequality and political interference. Each of the panelists explored the history of the monarchy’s work in other countries and how their duties sometimes failed. People felt that the monarchy was not doing enough to help. Some of these struggles can be traced back to traditional royal involvement. Some British citizens want to break away from the traditional methods and adopt the new independent methods.

But when the Queen’s death was announced, the whole world wept. The Queen’s family is in mourning. Mourning politicians. His own people wept. Why is that? How could someone who was seen as a problem be mourned by so many people? What makes others wonder, are all leaders perfect? Students cannot think of a single person in history who has ever been described as perfect or faultless. People looked up to Queen Elizabeth II for not necessarily ruling, but for guiding them into the future. In her seventy years of experience, she has taught her people to be proud of their history. And even though her legacy has faltered at times, people will remember the good deeds she performed as Queen.