What Does The Queen’s Death Mean For The Rest Of The World?

The Queen of Great Britian Dies at 96.


Julia Blake, Editor-In-Chief

On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II of The United Kingdom passed away peacefully at the age of 96. She reigned Britain for over 70 years and her death sent shock waves around the world. Not only was she the longest reigning monarch in Great Britain and the second longest in history, but for many people, she was the only monarch they knew. (Source) Her death was inevitable, yet for many, it is hard to comprehend.

Elizabeth was born in 1926 and never expected to be queen. After her uncle abdicated the throne and her father passed away, Elizabeth was the next in the line of succession. On June 2, 1953, the coronation for the new queen was held in Westminster Abbey, London. It was the first coronation broadcast in history and over 38 million people tuned in to watch. (Source) During her 70-year reign, Elizabeth II witnessed some of the biggest monstrosities in history including World War II. Overall, her reign was characterized by her favorable charm and stability. Britain is a constitutional monarchy which means that the ruling power is split between the monarchs and parliament. It is fair to give Elizabeth II credit for the improvements in Britain during her time, but she did not have absolute control. More than anything, Elizabeth II was a figurehead for monarchy and one of the greatest female rulers since Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603).

Since Elizabeth II has reigned for so many decades, it is strange to think of anyone else reigning Britain. The succession is as follows:

1. The Prince of Wales

2. Prince George of Wales

3. Princess Charlotte of Wales

4. Prince Louis of Wales

5. The Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry)


The first 7 successors of the British crown.

All around the world, Elizabeth II was recognized for her dignity and unifying powers over Great Britain. Across counties with Anglophone Heritage (English speaking) such as the U.S., she is a symbol of empowering women in politics. On the other hand, she rule during the end of British colonization and she is associated with the era of the British Empire colonization that killed millions and resulted in further conflict in many African countries and beyond.

Whether in a good or bad way, Elizabeth II’s legacy will live on forever and it is safe to say we may never see such a strong female monarch in our lifetime.