On September 8, 2022, news rapidly spread across the world that Queen Elizabeth II had died after being hospitalized a couple of days prior. As the oldest living British monarch and the longest-reigning British monarch (70 years and 214 days), the news was even more shocking.
With King Charles already being 73, several are unsure on how the things may look going on without the Queen. Her death caused many ripple effects of conspiracy theories, ecstasy, despair, and more.
First of all, many people around the world are overjoyed to hear about her passing. This is because they don’t like or appreciate what she and the British Monarchy as a whole stood for. Avonworth student Feyi Obebode commented on this by saying, “A lot of Nigerians including myself genuinely don’t care because of Great Britain’s part in colonizing our country. Great Britain and London in general continue to carry a lot of Nigerian and West African artifacts that are known to be of tribes in Nigeria and refuse to give it back. The queen is responsible for a lot of different colonial acts prior to her death, so when Nigerians and a lot of West Africans say “we don’t care” we don’t care.” A lot of people feel that equal to the joy is the despair of the British citizens, most of whom have never known another ruler.
Multiple Avonworth students also have varying opinions surrounding her passing. Freshman Natalia Carlone said, “I’ve heard people talking about it too, and they have just been laughing about her funeral.” Along with this, Abby Boyd, a junior at Avonworth High School commented that “This is the end of an era for the English monarchy, and I’m excited to see what happens next. It’s a great loss in the hearts of the crown, but I am confident they will bounce back with gumption.”
Also, some students here are sad, many are neutral, or even think it’s funny. In particular, senior Laurel Purcell noted that “[She] personally feel[s] pretty neutral about it, but [she] feel[s] bad for her family.” Similarly, Zoltan Eadie stated that “Even though it’s a very sad tragedy to the United Kingdom, it doesn’t have much concern to me; an American citizen. Maybe it’s funny, I don’t know”, and Kassie Mcgibbney, another senior, mentioned that, “I’m not British so it’s kind of sad that she’s dead, but it’s not that big of a deal. It’s not funny. The memes are really funny, though.”
Freshman Charlie Tabano stated that, “even though the queen may have not been the best person, we should honor her life and legacy.”
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