Sickens me all of the toxicity I have observed on social media about Queen Elizabeth II upon news of her death. Why can people not be more respectful or just say nothing at all when somebody passes away? I get not everyone is in favor of the monarchy, feeling it a stuffy institution long past its usefulness. No matter what you feel about such an institution though, one that the queen was thrust into upon birth and not by choice, she was a human being with family and friends and had a deep sense of duty to her country and the commonwealth. Some of the hate understandably comes from jealousy from the not so wealthy as the royals are born into money and privilege but they forget that these people are in fact born into it and have no control over that nor can they control the fact that it is all they’ve known. Some of the hate I’ve witnessed also stems from stuff that has happened before she or even her father was even born. Yes colonialism and wars happened, every country and culture around the world has dealt with it at some point in history but you cannot control the past. And other people just read too many supermarket tabloids and give in to all the gossip that goes around without even knowing all the facts. And yes there is the family drama but we all have some sort of family drama, we just don’t get our dirty laundry aired in public the way those in the public eye do. Many also forget or fail to realize that the UK is a constitutional monarchy where the queen or king has very limited power and is pretty much relegated to figurehead leaving all the political decision making to parliament so much of the crap that goes on is not really their fault. Their job is to smile and wave, make the country look good, and try to rally their people together to show unity, and maybe at the most advise those in charge.
Personally, although I am merely an American from the USA and would not classify myself as a royalist, I have much respect for Her Majesty. While definitely not perfect (again, human) she was a strong woman who always displayed dignity and poise, representing the ideal values of her people. I say ideal because obviously not everyone is rich enough to obtain her privileges much in the way many sitcoms of the old days would depict the ideal family on television when many families were anything but. She fulfilled her duty instead of walking away from it and did it for 70 years! 70 years, can you imagine? Most people alive today only remember her ever being queen and nobody else. Rest in peace Queen Elizabeth II and good luck King Charles III, you have some mighty big shoes to fill (figuratively speaking of course as the queen was quite petite in comparison).
I’m not saying everyone has to like her even though many have never met her personally, but at least show some respect for the deceased. If anything, follow the golden rule everyone should have learned as children: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.