When news of Elizabeth II’s death broke Thursday, a tearful crowd outside Buckingham Palace chanted a desperate ‘God save the Queen’. Hundreds of people braved the torrential rain to stand outside the palace gates.The Queen was, for better or worse, a rare common reference.
Grief experts say we mourn what she stands for, and the pass. She was the head of state in the UK and 14 other Commonwealth nations.
The solemnity may be performed, or even overwrought, but the Queen’s death resonates because she was one of our last universal touchpoints.
When a news channel aired the sad news, my emotions had some what to do with the importance of the monarchy in my life, but also with the scale and grand gravity of the occasion.
I remember whilst on the princess trust program as a young designer I was inspired by the Queens passion and exquisite dress sense, In the moment I dreamed to distinguish our Majesty wearing one of the LGN designs one day. “I brought the hat outside Buckingham your Majesty the Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Please accept as a token of my admiration your highness.
Venerated is a character that serves as a common reference point for so many people.
An instantly recognizable figure to billions of people around the world, the Queen was on her Platinum Jubilee year in 1952, marking the 70th anniversary of succeeding her father, King George VI.
An image of Queen Elizabeth II is seen at Piccadilly Circus in London.