London Bridge is Down


Kaylee Wallace

The United Kingdom lost their queen, Queen Elizabeth II. She lived to be 96-years-old and died from natural causes due to her age. The queen ruled for 70 years after her father died unexpectedly from lung cancer when she was just 25. Queen Elizabeth II ruled alongside her husband, Prince Phillip, with whom she had four children. He passed at the age of 99 due to his age as well.

Many of the queen’s colleagues around the world and other citizens who looked up to her are in mourning, remembering everything she has done. Some described her as welcoming and enjoyed working with her, such as former President Barack Obama. 

Obama tweeted: “Back when we were just beginning to navigate life as President and First Lady, she welcomed us to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity. Time and again, we were struck by her warmth, the way she put people at ease, and how she brought her considerable humor and charm to moments of great pomp and circumstance.”

However, others were relieved by the queen’s death and have described her leadership as “a brutal British empire that was responsible for many deaths” as Jack Dutton wrote. 

Many are upset that Queen Elizabeth II had gained South Africa back after they had gotten their freedom less than a decade before. This caused a civil war to break out, resulting in over one million deaths. This led to an outbreak of rage targeted towards the queen stating that during her reign there were many native South African deaths. People on the internet are educating others on this topic and telling them to not honor her as much as they are for she was not the queen people are making her out to be. 

“During this period of mourning and change,” King Charles II says, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the queen was so widely held.”