Bush Leagues wrote:I read a big article on Queen Elizabeth, and what would happen on her death. It's gonna be a big deal. Like, seriously big. Princess Diana times 100.
I really hope we don't get the Princess Diana hysteria. I'm also hoping that the praise for the Queen doesn't go much above what is now (will be up of course, one expects that about the dead) as it is already simpering and fawning. Popes are more critical of Jesus then the British establishment (press, BBC and politicians) are about the current Queen.
One thing I'm curious about - how much do the other nations of the commonwealth (India, Canada, etc) play into...I don't know...like, English thought, I guess?
We don't care really as a populace. Sports fans for Commonwealth games, there are a small percentage who thrill in the history of Commonwealth, Royal Family love Commonwealth, Whitehall and PM's/Foreign Office tend to love it as they see it as another way of building up trade and influence.
Individually, I think Commonwealth history plays a part in our thinking about India and some of the countries we have degrees of bonds, some we love, some we have no idea who they are. I think media attention can be drawn to certain countries (Zimbabwe for example) that they might not if not for once controlling it.
Will Canada pay close attention and enter a period of mourning like England will? Will the nations of the Commonwealth reach out to England, or vice versa?
Some of the smaller ones may out-British the British and do something big, most like Canada will do what most countries will do. Send someone to the funeral, appropriate sad words, any governor-general will go into mourning but I doubt Canada itself will. After a discreet interval, some countries may seek to stop having Queen as head of state
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”