Queen’s Funeral in UK Set Off Harsh Crackdowns Against Critics of Monarchy

Watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, I found myself experiencing two reactions simultaneously: As an advocate of republicanism in Britain — i.e., as someone who believes the monarchy should be abolished entirely and replaced by a republic with an elected head of state — I snorted in horror at the vast pomp and circumstance, at the enforced, ritualistic national mourning, at the millions of people lining the streets from London to Windsor to say goodbye to a person many had never met, at the medieval rituals, at the costumes, at the proclamation from the archbishop of Canterbury about how we…

Queen Elizabeth Is Dead, But Her Bloody Legacy Lives on

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 96 in the Royal Family’s castle in Scotland, according to Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s son, 73-year-old Prince Charles, will succeed her as King. Her death has garnered the condolences of world leaders, including President Joe Biden, who said that the Queen “defined an era” of “unmatched dignity” in the U.K. For many, particularly in the global West, the Queen’s 70-year reign was marked by stability and diplomacy; under Elizabeth, the Royal Family has taken pains to distance itself from the country’s politics and the monarchy’s long colonial…

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