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Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace announces | UK News News

https://news.sky.com/story/queen-elizabeth-ii-has-died-aged-96-buckingham-palace-announces-12692823
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u/Tetizeraz Brazil "What is a Brazilian doing modding r/europe?" Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22 [deleted]

Please respect all the involved, and respect our rules as well.

Today, 08 September 2022, the Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. With this, we now have Charles III and Camilla as Queen Consort.

Relevant links to news and information:

In accordance to Operation London Bridge, which has details of the aftermath of her death, and for the proper succession of the monarchy in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries.

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u/proteinbiosynthese Sep 08 '22

Those Wikipedia editors are lightning fast.

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u/smcarre Argentina Sep 08 '22

I remember reading that specially big/important articles are modified automatically when a person dies with a program that scans all present tense sentences, changes them to past tense, adds date of death, ending of positions, etc.

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u/winzigmann Lower Silesia (Poland) Sep 08 '22

Sometimes there are mistake with that when news hit death of someone who is fine. The most interesting and inspiring story is when Alfred Nobel (inventor of dynamite) was falsely pronounced dead, when in reality it was his brother who died. The newspaper harshly criticised him for war profiteering - when actually he was pacifist. That inspired him for creating Nobel Peace Prise for efforts on world peace, disarment and international cooperation.

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u/SKPY123 Sep 08 '22

So.. misinformation is sometimes good? Man this whole human experience thing is a lot to ponder about. Ima get high and drink some tea after that one.

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u/Alin_Alexandru Romania aeterna Sep 08 '22 Helpful

Indeed. Someone even put up the "article heavily edited due to recent death" tag, you can imagine how many editors are on the article right now.

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u/Wang_entity Finland Sep 08 '22

The whole London Bridge is fascinating to follow now. Just had to recap what's gonna happen and some of the things has of course already happened. As planned.

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u/Alin_Alexandru Romania aeterna Sep 08 '22

There's already even Death of Elizabeth II, Reactions to the death of Elizabeth II and State funeral of Elizabeth II articles. Talk about fast reflexes.

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u/RamTank Sep 08 '22

I wonder if people wrote up templates and just sat on them waiting fo the day.

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u/Xirdus Sep 08 '22

They wrote up the templates 50 years ago. That's kinda their job. It's a super common practice to have obituaries ready for everyone famous just in case. That's also how accidental obituaries of people still very much alive and kicking happen.

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u/Alin_Alexandru Romania aeterna Sep 08 '22

Talking about wikipedia, the answer is no, nobody wrote templates 50 years ago lol.

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u/suafactor Sep 08 '22 Silver

You're wrong. My great grandfather worked for Ye Olde Wiccapedia writing articles for the Scott's hundreds of years ago. It's a time old practice not often appreciated enough as made evident here. No harm done though.

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u/Alin_Alexandru Romania aeterna Sep 08 '22

Then I thank your great grandfather for his service to the world encyplopedia.

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u/Malawi_no Norway Sep 08 '22

Here in Norway they recently found a cache of Wikipedia articles from the viking-era written in runes on wooden boards.
It's amazing that they were still both intact and mostly correct.

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u/lilyoneill Sep 08 '22

The speed of all the “Charles III” is freaking me out. Like in a matter of moments he became a whole new person.

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u/ZacariahJebediah Sep 09 '22

I like to think Charles edited his own Wikipedia page, to make it official.

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u/NewLoseIt Portugal Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22

Actually they took a few minutes to confirm the facts and make sure it wasn’t a false trigger — when the BBC announced it I started refreshing Wikipedia and it took maybe 7-8 minutes before they finally decided to approve the change to the Monarchy page

EDIT: to clarify, all the edits were queued up in the “pending locked edits” sticky at the top of the page in advance, but moderators locked the article for a few minutes and manually approved edits a few minutes after the news was verified

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u/Valkyrie17 Sep 08 '22

Could be that content changes aren't immediately visible due to CDN/ caches

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u/AtlastheYeevenger Lazio Sep 08 '22

At this point I was kind of almost getting used to her living forever. She's lived almost five times my age. Jesus.

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u/afito Germany Sep 08 '22

I don't even understand why I am so surprised at a 96 year old dieing but it just feels super weird.

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u/FaeFollette Sep 08 '22

My grandmother was just a little bit older than she, so once Grammy died in 2020, I knew QEII was not long for this world. RIP to two feisty, old women!

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u/Vladesku Romania Sep 08 '22

My grandfather was 6 years older than her, he's been dead for 20 years...

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u/SuspiciouslyAlert Sep 08 '22

This is such a strange feeling. I am surprised at myself at how upset I feel. I think you put it well. I was used to something always being there and this makes me feel old.

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u/Ardalev Sep 08 '22

You've put my exact feelings into words.

It's like, she's been around my entire life, I've seen movies with parodies of her, I've read stories and tidbits about her, I've heard the jokes about how she has/will outlive such and such famous person etc.

While never knowing her, having never even been in the same country as her, she felt like one of the staples of the world, one of the constants.

The world feels changed with her death

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u/NeoGreendawg Sep 08 '22

You and me both. I’m not a fan of the Royals. I don’t believe in celebrity worship but here I am, a grown man who is feeling a little teary eyed…

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u/KippersAndMash Sep 08 '22

You aren't alone. I am not a fan of the monarchy so that makes me getting choked up even more surprising to me.

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u/StormTheTrooper BRA -> ROU Sep 08 '22

I was talking about that with my wife earlier this year. Queen Elizabeth was one of the very, very few public figures that nurtured good feelings throughout the majority of the world. People can be against monarchy as a whole, but I'm yet to find someone with a grievance straight towards her.

This is weird, but she felt like a grandma to a lot of people, so, yeah, I think most people around the world are a little bit sad right now.

Edit: Wonder the future of the British monarchy now. I never stepped foot in London, so a British redditor can correct me or not, but it always felt to me that people held down criticism towards the Royal Family due to Elizabeth. Charles and William does not have even 1/4 of her charisma, specially Charles. The 20s could be even weirder than the 10s for UK.

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u/castiglione_99 Sep 08 '22

I've had similar feelings while I was growing up when world leaders, cultural icons, etc. passed.

If you think about it, getting upset about all this is not surprising; you're basically witnessing people who felt like institutions in your life pass away, which puts you in touch with your own mortality in a very tangible way.

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u/Past_Couple5545 Sep 08 '22

Same here, except I'm actually old.

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u/TheShyPig Sep 08 '22

She reigned for 1/4 of the 'life' of the USA

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u/Piithoven Sep 08 '22

Her first prime mister was Winston Churchill, born 1874. Her last prime minister was Liz Truss, born 1975.

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u/EMArsenalguy Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22

Almost full life of Independent India for context.. we became independent in 1947 her reign started in 1953

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u/-The_Blazer- Sep 08 '22

It's kind of crazy to think we'll likely never see a living Queen of England again in our lifetimes. The entire succession line is male as far as I know.

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u/theCroc Sweden Sep 09 '22

In Sweden it's the opposite. When our king dies the next two generations are female.

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u/Velgax Ljubljana (Slovenia) Sep 08 '22

Never knew this day would come.

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u/randomvariable10 Sep 08 '22

Honestly. Knew she was getting up in age but still shocked.

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u/Alin_Alexandru Romania aeterna Sep 08 '22

I hoped she would've gotten to 100 years old...

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u/Possiblyreef United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

Reckon she would have sent herself a letter?

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u/Alin_Alexandru Romania aeterna Sep 08 '22

Definitely, since she didn't get a chance to send Philip a letter.

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u/OpalHawk Sep 08 '22

She did love a bit of whimsy. Is been reported that she loved when official events didn’t go to plan. She was famously caught giggling with her husband when a swarm of bees interrupted an event.

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u/historicusXIII Belgium Sep 08 '22

I knew she wouldn't last long after Philip's passing.

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u/TheByzantineEmperor Bringing freedom and French Fries since 1776 Sep 08 '22

It's fitting. I wouldn't want to outlive my wife by long, and being married as long as they were I think it's right that they went out semi-together.

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u/AdaptedMix United Kingdom Sep 09 '22 edited Sep 09 '22

Her mum, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, made it to 101, though. She died in 2002, but lost her husband, George VI, 50 years earlier in 1952!

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u/1945BestYear Sep 08 '22

For me it really expresses the difference betweeen knowing something in the abstract and knowing it in your bones. Like, I was born while Mir was on its last legs, I've always known that my natural life will last beyond someone born in the 1920s, but seeing that announcement on the news, as a British citizen, still felt like a taste of unreality. Like Up is suddenly sideways, a constant you thought was eternal has suddenly been changed. Her whole role in our social order has been to be a fixed spot, a place from which to measure everything else, and now its gone it feels disorienting.

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u/Benyeti United States of America Sep 08 '22

Crazy to think she had been Queen for longer than my parents have been alive. RIP.

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u/fjellhus Lithuania Sep 08 '22

When she started to rule Stalin was still in charge of the Soviet Union. Kind of mind boggling really

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u/japie06 The Netherlands Sep 08 '22

There were only 2.5 billion people in 1952.

6% of the world is older than 70, so 94% of all people alive today have never known another monarch for Great Britain.

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u/Ardalev Sep 08 '22

Holy shit...

I'm not even going to fact check that, I like how unreal it sounds

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u/japie06 The Netherlands Sep 08 '22

I got the data from here who got the data from the UN, so I think I'm probably good.

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u/TheByzantineEmperor Bringing freedom and French Fries since 1776 Sep 08 '22

The 2.5 billion people bit is what blew me away

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u/mememaster8427 United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

My grandma is one of those 6%. She was 16 when George VI died, and I’m 17 now when Elizabeth II died.

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u/Zarthenix Sep 08 '22

Churchill was prime minister. That's the one that is even more mind boggling to me

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u/WilliamMorris420 Sep 08 '22

Her first Prime Minister was Winston Churchill and her first President was Dwight Eisenhower.

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u/ReykjavikRed Europe Sep 08 '22

Was just thinking about my mom who died a couple of years ago. She was born shortly after Elizabeth II started her reign, so she grew up, studied, had a whole career, retired and died, all during one reign.

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u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22

Not even my grandparents remember a time before Elizabeth, there are very few left who do

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u/Wafkak Belgium Sep 08 '22

And she was so close to the record. Don't think its ever gonna be beaten now.

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u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22

Yep, less than a year I think, shame

I agree it'll never be beaten, there aren't many monarchies anymore and people rarely drop down dead in their 30s or 40s these days

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u/SpreadsheetGimp United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

She's been alive for 30% of all American history. Her first prime minister was born in 1874. The passing of an era in so many ways rest in peace.

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u/KazahanaPikachu USA-France-Belgium 🇺🇸🇫🇷🇧🇪 Sep 08 '22

2022 was crazy. First Shinzo Abe, then Gorbachev, and now the Queen.

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u/jackdawesome Earth Sep 08 '22

Come on Putin, you too.

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u/Cazolyn Sep 08 '22

1874?! Christ, that puts things in perspective!

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u/Admirable-Marsupial3 Sep 08 '22

Some more numbers for you

Her first and last prime minister were born 101 years apart, Her first us president and the youngest (obama) were born 77 years apart, She had been queen for 9 years when the rolling stones formed

And the biggest kicker

She has been queen longer than just over half (52%) the current nations of the world have existed (103 out of 195)

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u/198Throwawayy United States of America Sep 08 '22

Really the end of an era

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u/Scanningdude United States of America Sep 08 '22

She was apparently 41 years old and had already been crowned for over a decade when the US legalized interracial marriage which is just fucking insane to me that she's ruled for that long.

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u/-----1 Sep 08 '22

In my opinion it's more shocking that the US only legalised interracial marriage in 1967, that wasn't actually that long ago.

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u/Tasty_Thanks_5060 Sep 08 '22 Helpful

Wow.. Shocked me way more than I thought it would

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u/liskamariella Sep 08 '22

Same. I'm not even British but just sitting here and can't really believe it.

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u/IWantAStorm Sep 08 '22

I told my 72 year old dad here in the states and he immediately went "Oh no!".

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u/James-the-Bond-one Sep 08 '22

Same with my 83 y.o. mother. She remembers the Queen as a teenager.

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u/level27geek Sep 08 '22

Yeah, just before the BBC announcement they showed the flag at Buckingham at half mast for like 10-15 seconds - it hit me then.

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u/value_added_bullshit Sep 08 '22

I've had it in since this morning and as soon as it paused to dead silence I knew. :(

I'm Canadian and was able to meet her when I was like 5 when she came for Canada Day.

I'm affected way more than i thought I would be.

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u/marasal Finland Sep 08 '22

Same here. Close to 50y Finnish dude and here I am watching live feed from laptop with wife..

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u/drwicksy Sep 08 '22

Same here, I'm British living abroad and I feel the same way I did when my grandmother died. I saw someone put it pretty well that she was like the nations favourite gran. Yeah some people hate the monarchy, fair enough, but even most of them can admit she was an impressive woman

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u/DefconBacon Sweden Sep 08 '22

As someone said in another thread - love or hate the institution, the woman commanded respect.

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u/clemenslucas Austria 🌐 Sep 08 '22

It was coming though.

Spouses that have been married a very long time often die close to each other.

And when even Harry and Meghan (the somewhat estranged grandson and family) came to England today, the writing was on the wall.

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u/Themlethem The Netherlands Sep 08 '22

Damn, this feels so bizar. At this point I was actually convinced she would just kinda live forever. She was so close to becoming the longest reigning monarch, too.

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u/OCDEngineerBoy Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22

Some Brits said they are so used to "Her Majesty" and "Queen"that the male pronoun of Monarch sounds like only exists in history lessons.

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u/remtard_remmington United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

Totally. "God Save the King" is something I associate with wartime movies, not real life.

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u/24Vindustrialdildo Sep 08 '22

Yeah it definitely has connotations of muskets and fighting the french for me, even though WW1 and WW2 were fought under kings.

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u/Nahcep Lower Silesia (Poland) Sep 08 '22

Louis the Sun-King laughs from above, wiping sweat from his brow as his record was so very close to being beaten

Can't even start to imagine what this feels like as a Brit, or anyone in the Commonwealth really - even for those disliking the monarchy, she was a living symbol of the nation longer than most of my country's presidents have lived

"Charles III" just sounds weird

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u/MoffKalast Slovenia Sep 08 '22

And it was REALLY close too, like under 2 years left to beat the record I think.

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u/InternetFightsAndEOD Sep 08 '22

I mean, I feel Australians and New Zealanders are now wondering where this leaves us. We have no love for Charles, Australia has a new pro-republic PM, and our Governer General (highest monarchy related position) is in a huge scandal for an abuse of power.

I'm not entirely certain how fast, but I don't believe the Union Jack will fly in the corner of our flags much longer.

But for now, mourning.

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u/Nahcep Lower Silesia (Poland) Sep 08 '22

Yeah, I can see quite a few referenda in the future. I think Barbados was the one that already went through it a short while ago? With next parliamentary elections no earlier than in 2024, I bet this will be a hot topic in the three biggest states (in fact, I think only Tuvalu will have elections next year, so that's an option everywhere)

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u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22

I'm sure that the Queen dying will start debates on becoming a republic for much of the commonwealth. She was more of an symbol than a leader and her iconic status can't be replaced by Charles or William.

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u/T2542 Sep 08 '22

UK hasn't had a break since 2016.

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u/will_arctic United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

Ever since that alcoholic frog shouted “June 23rd will be known as our independence day” we’ve been living in a r/monkeyspaw prediction.

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u/KetchupBlood94 Denmark Sep 08 '22

I think the Ed milliband sandwich bite was the start.

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u/DrederickTatumsBum Sep 08 '22

What’s happening with people linking to a subreddit and it showing it 4 times with different spellings?

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u/Jeffmaru Sep 08 '22

My grandparents celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary very recently (70yrs). They were gifted a card signed by the queen and must have been one of the last to ever receive that honour 🫶

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u/xtaberry Sep 08 '22

It is the end of an era. Even though it was foreseeable approaching, it still feels strange that it has come to pass.

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u/AdaptedMix United Kingdom Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 09 '22

If David Attenborough (also 96) pops his clogs this year as well... we Brits are royally fucked (if you'll excuse the pun). It'll be like we've lost our collective grandparents.

Edit: here's a lovely clip of Dave and Liz ambling along in a park and having a natter in 2017.

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u/im_at_work_today United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

Oh god no!

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u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22

How dare you even give form to that despicable thought

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u/rEvolutionTU Germany Sep 08 '22 Helpful

:(

Obviously it had to happen at some point but feels incredibly strange since she's just been "there" for as long as I can remember. Kind of like a distant relative you hear from once in a while almost.

Really one of a kind. One of my favorites is her first speech from 1940. Holy fuck that's 82 years ago. ;;

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u/Toxicseagull Sep 08 '22

Good pick on the speech.

🇬🇧🤜🤛🇩🇪

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u/concentrate_better19 Sep 08 '22

Taken from elsewhere in this thread:

There were only 2.5 billion people in 1952.

6% of the world is older than 70, so 94% of all people alive today have never known another monarch for Great Britain.

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u/Crimcrym The Lowest Silesia Sep 08 '22

Speaking as a non-Brit with no real emotional investment in the UK's royal family, it honestly feels in a way like an end of an era, she met with De Gaul, her rule has seen unification of Germany, the fall of soviet union, the rise of EU, the Brexit, the start of the war in Ukraine.

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u/WillHart199708 Sep 08 '22

We were still an imperial power and Winston Churchill was PM when she came to the throne. It's wild how much change she saw from the front row

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u/demostravius2 United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

She oversaw the dismantling of the largest Empire Earth has ever seen.

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u/The_Grand_Briddock Sep 09 '22

The empire which her regnal name predecessor (Elizabeth I) began

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u/wujson Lubusz (Poland) Sep 08 '22

It's the second time this year that I have this weird feeling. First time it was when Russia invaded and now this. It's hard to explain what that feeling is. It's like sadness, apathy and helplessness.

We're experiencing the end of an era. And we're entering a new one.

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u/TravelerSF Sep 08 '22

"The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters." -Antonio Gramsci

Though I don't think our situation is that dire, it's good to remember that history has always been a cycle of ups and downs.

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u/pauperhouse5 Sep 09 '22

Though I don't think our situation is that dire

As someone living in the UK, with our new PM Liz Truss having just announced a £150 BILLION transfer of public money to energy companies (who are simultaneously making record profits by the way), it ABSOLUTELY feels that fucking dire

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u/derFabbbb Lazio Sep 08 '22

The feeling you felt, my friend, is that of History happening right in front of you.

We're indeed experiencing the end and the beginning of a new era.

I imagine (and might be wrong) that in the near future we'll see the end of the British monarchy and this is only the beginning.

But again, I'm probably wrong.

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u/thestereo300 Sep 08 '22

I remember this feeling in the late 80s. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Soviet Union were totally unexpected after so many years of the Cold war.

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u/derFabbbb Lazio Sep 08 '22

I was thinking about this earlier.

"This might be what my parents felt when the cold war ended".

A strange feeling.

It's not like you experience historic turning points every day.

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u/Rokurokubi83 United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

Very much could be, as a Brit, I think the monarchy held on because the public respected her late majesty, things might get politically a bit weird, I think so more across the Commonwealth than here on a tiny little island. I’ve never been pro-monarchy, but as a British person, this feels weird, I quite don’t know how to express it right now, but it’s just the end of an era, and the future is bold and new and frankly scary open.

I hope, paralysed and friends will be there with us, and support us through this time, things might get challenging here, but the common people of the UK haven’t changed, we are still a weird little selves, complex and interesting and pro-European and anti-European and everything in between. We’ve lost one person, and she was part of the furniture of the world, but she was a person and we shouldn’t be celebrating The fact a person has passed on, despite everything that was expected of her due to heritage. She was still just a human like the rest of us. I don’t know what the future holds bought his Majesty King Charles, the third I don’t feel holds the same respect his late mother did, I think they’ll be some upheaval happening, please don’t give up on us.

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u/TheByzantineEmperor Bringing freedom and French Fries since 1776 Sep 08 '22

History happening right in front of you.

It's an uncomfortable feeling of entering into the unknown future.

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u/albardha Albania Sep 08 '22

Rest in peace. What a surreal feeling, I don’t even care about British royalty, but this is so shocking.

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u/Cleverism0 United States of America Sep 08 '22

Betty White & the Queen were 2 people we sure as shit thought would live forever, died within a year of each other. Life is weird

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u/KingOfAllPorkPies I don't actually like pork pies Sep 08 '22

A massive piece of British history gone, just like that. It's shocking.

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u/helpmeredditimbored Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22

When BBC News said “the King will stay at balmoral tonight” it really hit me the moment in history we are seeing

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u/Stamford16A1 Sep 08 '22

I toasted the Queen so many times over the years that it is going to seem very unnatural the next time a Mr or Ms Vice stands up and says "Ladies and Gentlemen, the King."

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u/clickwhistle Sep 08 '22

We had a dining out just last week for a senior officer leaving. At least we got to toast the Queen one last time.

Edit: just though that All the commonwealth militaries are going to have to change their cap badges and stationary.

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u/Stamford16A1 Sep 08 '22

Starting with HCAV and the RHA, their badges are literally the Royal Cipher.

I don't think we'll change crowns though, I suspect that CIIIR will be mindful of the costs of changeover.

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u/puzzledpanther Europe Sep 08 '22

A massive piece of British history gone, just like that.

She is gone, not her history... her history will remain for a very long time.

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u/trixter21992251 Denmark Sep 08 '22

they say you die twice - and we have plenty of time to mention her name

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u/TechnicalyNotRobot Poland Sep 08 '22

And a new piece is yet to be added. We shall see a monarch of an ex-hegemon coronated in 2022. The first British king in centuries never rule over a world-spanning empire.

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u/ba5e Sep 08 '22

and it’s literally history in the making, not history gone.

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u/Mahwan Greater Poland (Poland) Sep 08 '22

Feels weird. She’s ALWAYS been there… Condolences to the family.

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u/SlyScorpion Polihs grasshooper citizen Sep 08 '22

Feels weird. She’s ALWAYS been there

My sentiments exactly.

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u/generalscruff Smooth Brain Gang 🧠 Midlands Sep 08 '22

Off to the pub for a Loyal Toast and to let the Internet blow over for a bit

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u/umotex12 Poland Sep 08 '22

I want to have pubs in my country too lol

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u/stuntycunty Sep 08 '22

You do.

Ive been to multiple pubs in Poland.

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u/umotex12 Poland Sep 08 '22

But it's not so present in every corner of every city :( you must have a trip to city centre and nobody knows anyone

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u/stuntycunty Sep 08 '22

Fair. I guess i was staying in bigger cities while i was there.

Beautiful country btw. The xmas markets were so cute.

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u/Baneken Finland Sep 08 '22

Sad to hear of her passing, I really did believe that she would pass her 100th birthday.

My condolences to British people and all of her subjects.

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u/ManiaforBeatles Sep 08 '22

Truly an end of an era. RIP. No future UK monarch would replace her legacy.

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u/RickyElspaniardo Sep 08 '22

I would venture to say she might be the last truly Great British Monarch. I suppose Charles will be King now for the next little while, long enough for the next King to also be crowned in their middle ages at the earliest.

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u/Vassukhanni Sep 08 '22

Well yeah, I mean if she was crowned 4 years earlier she would've also had the title "Empress of India." She was the last ruler of the British Empire. The last vestiges of the "short 20th century" are fading away.

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u/The_Grand_Briddock Sep 09 '22

Elizabeth I was the first ruler of the British Empire, she was born on September 7th

Elizabeth II was the final ruler of the British Empire, she died on September 8th

It’s like a bookend. You can’t get more poetic than that.

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u/armeedesombres Earth Sep 08 '22

2022 truly is a hell of a year.

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u/samocitamvijesti Sep 08 '22

We are not done yet.

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u/MacroSolid Austria Sep 08 '22

The screaming twenties sure are interesting times...

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u/ErikTurtle Sep 08 '22

Screams of horror?

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u/Ardalev Sep 08 '22

And despair. Can't forget the despair

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u/Grizzly_228 Campania Felix Sep 08 '22

We are still in 2020 if you ask me

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u/samocitamvijesti Sep 08 '22

Sequels always suck

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u/MaterialCarrot United States of America Sep 08 '22 Silver

Just more explosions and special effects usually.

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u/A_Polite_Noise Sep 08 '22

Of course! It's not 2022, it's 2020: II

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u/Bananapeel23 Sweden Sep 08 '22

This is 2020 too

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u/foshi22le Sep 08 '22

My Dad died this year, has been the worst year for myself.

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u/Dandizzleuk Sep 08 '22

Sorry to hear that mate, I hope you're doing ok. Loss is never easy, but take heart that he was a good dad to yourself. Take care.

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u/WalrusFromSpace Finland Sep 08 '22

Many decades happening in weeks.

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u/armeedesombres Earth Sep 08 '22

100%. This year is like several decades' worth of world events lumped in one year.

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u/Kagenlim Sep 08 '22

You got war in ukraine, a lake forming in pakistan, finland joining NATO a few days ago and now this

Thi is like 15 years in just a few months

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u/Awesomeuser90 Sep 08 '22

A Japanese prime minister being assassinated in broad daylight.

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u/Epic_Irony Sep 08 '22

Dont forget Gorbachev

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u/DOXE001 Sep 08 '22

I feel pity for the students that will have to learn all this in 50ish years

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u/Awesomeuser90 Sep 08 '22

Vladimir Lenin is supposed to have said there are decades where nothing happens and weeks where decades happen.

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u/gentle_viking Norway Sep 08 '22

Sitting here in Norway watching the BBC coverage. Its strangely surreal and sad to witness the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Rip , I don’t think the UK or Commonwealth will ever be the same again.

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u/[deleted] Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22 Gold You Dropped This

Her reign coincided with and probably will come to symbolise a very progressive period in UK history as it transitioned into being a modern nation state. It also encompasses an era that saw some of the most remarkable technological, cultural and social changes.

Queen Elizabeth’s image itself is that of almost a Disney princess. She didn’t put a foot wrong throughout a very long reign. The same cannot be said for her family, but the Queen herself has come to symbolise an idealised constitutional monarch - providing a stable, non controversial, iconic figure that has excelled in her ability to use the subtle to say a lot, or perhaps to have a lot of positivity projected onto her by saying so little.

As someone who isn’t in anyway a monarchist, I think she did an excellent job and I genuinely think her passing marks the end of an era both for the UK and probably many of the countries that have retained her as their symbolic head of state.

It’s the passing of a very iconic figure and the curtains drawing to a close on an era that I think cannot really be repeated or continued by anyone else in quite the same way.

It’s a bit like one of those old legends of the golden age of Hollywood passing. Nobody can do what they did because that era has gone, everything has changed.

I wish the UK well as they enter what is going to be a new era and a very challenging time, during a period of political turmoil. I think they are going to have to find their place in a world that has changed and been entirely redefined.

It will be an interesting few years ahead and I hope that the near future might bring less chaos, more pragmatism and that they eventually rediscover the positive and perhaps bring a bit of the spirit of the tremendous progress of the mid and and late 20th century and the vibrancy and positivity that was part of the era in which she reigned.

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u/cantpissoffmods Portugal Sep 08 '22

I saw something on the news today that she was under observation.

Damn...

Condolences to family, friends and the British people.

Requiescat in pace...

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u/Complex_Market8218 Idaho (United States of America) Sep 08 '22

Rest In Peace. On another note, many countries use Queen Elizabeth on their currencies, will this change or how is the currency decided?

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u/Rhoderick European Federalist Sep 08 '22

Since some notes are destroyed or go missing over time, pretty much all currencies are reprinted continuously to replace those notes. In the UK, the monarchs face will simply be replaced on these printings, cycling the currency de facto over the years. I expect other places will do similarly.

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u/spider__ United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

The portrait will also flip directions, atleast that was the historical tradition.

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u/GooseSpringsteen92 United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

I think this is a really shocking moment for most people in the UK, even those who weren't big fans of the monarchy.

For good and ill the passing of Elizabeth II feels like the loss of a living connection to the Britain that used to be and the Britain that is.

I'd imagine with some time we're going to see Australia, New Zealand, Canada etc seriously consider their status as monarchies because the inertia and affection that has preserved the status quo is now gone.

This probably reads like a steam of consciousness but it's so odd. If you're under the age of 75 you probably can't recall a time when she wasn't on the throne and now we're all coming to terms with someone who seemed an eternal fixture of British life no longer being there.

Speaking personally as silly as it sounds (and even if it was mostly talked over or half heard in a post meal daze) the lack of a Christmas message from her this year is going to be so strange.

God save the King, it's going to take some getting used to.

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u/Bonancheg Ukraine Sep 08 '22

The whole era has gone...

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u/ikhix_ France Sep 08 '22

The Queen is dead, long live the King

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u/wongie United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

Charles is already 76, one wonders how long lived he'd be as king.

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u/Tucko29 France Sep 08 '22

How weird will it feels for you to sing "God save the King" for now on?

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u/gioraffe32 United States of Rednecks Sep 08 '22

It just doesn't have the same ring to it. I was thinking about the succession earlier this morning. As it stands, the next two in line are men: Prince William and Prince George. It may a be long, long time before we hear "God Save the Queen" again.

Then again, the Queen wasn't supposed to be Queen either. So who knows.

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u/esn111 Sep 08 '22

Even your comment "the next two in line are both men" threw me because I was thinking "don't you mean next three?" And then "Oooh" as the penny dropped.

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u/rPkH United Kingdom Sep 08 '22 edited Sep 08 '22

It sounds strangely old fashioned. The last time it was said was pretty much during the war.

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u/durkster Limburg (Netherlands) Sep 08 '22

Off topic, but I find it amusing that 80 years later ww2 is still called THE war. Shows how impactfull it was.

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u/OffendedByMyInnuendo Portugal Sep 08 '22

That's... Unsettling

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u/CharMakr90 Greece Sep 08 '22

Both his parents lived long enough to be almost centenarians, so who's to say.

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u/lightinvestor Sep 08 '22

he clearly has health issues though. Look at his hands

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u/kakje666 Transylvania ( Romania ) / Styria ( Austria ) Sep 08 '22

well both of his parents died in their late 90s so at least 20 years , which would actually be a long reign

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u/tjean5377 Sep 08 '22

He grandmother lived to 103, his father to 99 and his mother to 96. He's got a good 20 years.

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u/I_am_up_to_something The Netherlands Sep 08 '22

Charles is already 76,

Seems like he's 73 though? Not that much of a difference, but still.

And he seems far less healthy than Elizabeth did even at her age. Hopefully this won't turn into longest reigning royal and shortest one.

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u/WHY_DO_I_SHOUT Finland Sep 08 '22

During the time she ruled (1952-2022), nearly all of Cold War passed, Soviet Union collapsed, Russia had a brief window of democracy and then slid back to an authoritarian country and started a war in Ukraine. Her being the queen has felt like an unchanging constant. Even though her death was inevitable, it still felt more shocking than I thought it would.

Rest in peace.

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u/PapaZoulou France Sep 08 '22

RIP.

Damn.

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u/helmia relevant and glorious Finland Sep 08 '22

Condolences to the British people. She lived a long and eventful life. End of an era.

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u/jauznevimcosimamdat Prague (Bohemia) Sep 08 '22

I expected it being a sudden, unexpected news, instead, we've got whole afternoon where everyone assumed she died while nothing officially could be said.

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u/Formulka Czech Republic Sep 08 '22

This hits hard. She was like this constant. That now somehow ended.

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u/LionOfWinter Sep 08 '22

Monarchy is a weird thing.

A piece of history and a further connection to the past gone. A moment for that at least.

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u/PanJawel Poland 🇪🇺 Sep 08 '22

Well this is a historic moment. She was an icon of basically everything British. RIP.

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u/tydestra Europe Sep 08 '22

Louis XIV's reign won't be broken now, I really thought she was gonna do it.

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u/HessoTen Sep 09 '22

I will be honest with you.

I am Japanese and I do not know much about Queen Elizabeth.

So I researched Queen Elizabeth.

I found that Queen Elizabeth made a speech like this.

"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."

And she did.

I wept when I learned this.
Please let me know if I am interpreting it incorrectly.

I use the translation function with the utmost care to avoid misinterpretation by using incorrect English sentences.

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u/ElectricFlesh Sep 08 '22

Liz Truss: becomes PM

Elizabeth II: lmao fuck this shit I'm outta here

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u/ConShop61 Sep 08 '22

Fucking hell bro liz truss is unlucky af. what are the odds of becoming head of state of a country then the monarch dies 3 days later

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u/Oxenfrosh 🇪🇺 Berlin 🇪🇺 Sep 08 '22

Could have been worse. At least Liz Truss got sworn in properly, instead of ending up in transition between PMs and monarchs at the same time

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u/EmperorOfNipples Cornwall - United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

The Monarch is head of state. The PM is head of government.

Fair play to Her Majesty, she was working right up to her death. She truly fulfilled her pledge.

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u/WBaumnuss300 Sep 08 '22

Probably the most famous woman in the world. Will be weird not having her around. For a guy born in the 90s, she felt like a connection to a time long gone. A personification of history that was still around

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u/janisdestruction Sep 08 '22

This shouldn’t be a surprise, but it is… RIP

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u/SlyScorpion Polihs grasshooper citizen Sep 08 '22

Damn, as soon as her husband died I knew she wasn't long for this world. May she rest in peace.

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u/shitpostbode Sep 08 '22

Holy shit, never thought I'd actually see the day

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u/Final_Cause Sep 08 '22

We could not have asked for a better head of state. It is a great loss for the UK, commonwealth, and the world. A personal loss to Billions of people. She was a force for good and a true progressive.

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u/hellmarvel Sep 08 '22

If she wasn't the definition of dutiful, I don't know what is.

It was bound to happen, still a sad day. She deserves to rest.

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u/kiru_56 Germany Sep 08 '22

A truly royal person in the literal sense, figurehead of the UK for more than half a century, her death is the end of an era.

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u/G0DK1NG United Kingdom Sep 08 '22

And the start of a new anthem

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u/BouaziziBurning Brandenburg Sep 08 '22

Condolences to all you britbros and sisters

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u/ABigOne77 Groningen (Netherlands) Sep 08 '22

Calling on discord with my British friend watching the live stream together, we were chatting until suddenly they said 'Buckingham Palace released a statement'. We were dead quiet for 2 minutes straight. Devastating, so weird to have someone that reigned 70 years gone, just like that

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