Queen Elizabeth II died. You know that.
She was very well loved across the world. I read several well-crafted reflections by both English citizens and Americans about what a wonderful lady she was. Besides being the sovereign of a country for more years than most people live, she was able to ride the balance between leadership and humility. She commanded respect by her character and not by requesting it from her subjects.
So what does a crossing guard toy have to do with the Queen? In some ways, very little. But in other ways, she reflects some of the best parts of English culture. Ms. Lollipop Lady (as it says on the back of her coat in small print) commands respect, though she may not be the fiercest presence you could imagine at a street crossing.
And the Queen reflects consistent branding in England. Around 25 years ago, crossing guards all across England had the same uniform. Likewise, the queen was part of the brand of the English Empire. Her visage appears on currency and postage stamps of several countries. Slowly, Charles will replace the Queen on both money and letters. Sad.
So when I heard about Elizabeth’s passing, I was sad. I know less about Charles. And I promise you, his aura won’t outshine that of his mum.
What a wonderful lady she was.
3 Replies to “England. And the Queen.”
I absolutely agree. Her death is prompting me to watch “The Crown” as well. Only seen several episodes with you guys, but it seems to cover all the amazing things the Queen did. She will be missed by everyone.
Thanks, Jay! You’re right – The Crown shed a lot of light on who she must have been.
I have come to realize that I’ve reached the age when people who have been the, what? base or background of my life are now dying. My parents, actors/actresses I grew up with, Vin Scully (the voice of the Dodgers). I’ve never known a time without Queen Elizabeth II, and it’s unsettling. As you said, it remains to be seen what King Charles will be like.
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