The End of an Era

Jillian here. This month, I’ll be truly sharing what many are discussing today over backyard fences all over the world. A true end of an era. 

For most of us, we have only been alive during the reign of one monarch in the United Kingdom. Some were alive before she took the throne, but would have been young people or children at the time she ascended. Yes, of course, I mean Queen Elizabeth II. 

Even though I’m an American through and through, I have a special love for our neighbors across the pond. My ancestry is both English and Scottish. My paternal grandfather’s side of the family comes from the clan MacDonald and my paternal grandmother’s side were Londoners from a very long time ago. Both sides came to the USA early on—late 1600s.  My fifth generation back great-grandfather enlisted in George Washington’s army when he was only 15 and almost froze to death at Valley Forge. My MacDonald relatives fled Scotland near the time of the Glencoe massacre so we’re definitely long term residents of the North American continent. 

That doesn’t take away from the fact that I love the United Kingdom. In fact, every time I visit, I feel like I’ve come home. It’s kind of weird how that feeling just comes over me from the minute I step off the plane. 

I don’t know that I’d call myself a monarchist, but I do enjoy reading about and studying the history of the various countries making up the UK. I have followed the lives of the current royal family since Lady Diana became engaged to Prince Charles. She and I were the same age and both had two sons so I felt an affinity for her. 

Queen Elizabeth was a woman to be looked up to. She worked hard in the time of WWII and made herself useful. From the time she took the throne—and even before that—she served her country tirelessly. Even up to the Tuesday before she passed away on Thursday. That’s admirable. Ninety-six years old and still working. Very impressive. 

I didn’t think she’d live long once she lost her husband. It’s a sad fact that many long term partners pass away in close proximity to each other. They become so dependent on each other, they seem to deteriorate faster once one is gone. She had been looking quite frail lately which was worrisome. 

I was saddened by a lot of ugly comments online about the queen’s passing. I get that some people do not admire her nor the institution she represented, but at the end of the day, she was a woman. A human being. A mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend. Her family, no matter  rank or standing, has a huge loss to cope with just in their personal capacity, not even considering succession and all that entails. I wish the people making such unkind comments would take a moment and remember that.  Can you imagine having to grieve in such a public way? And subject to nasty comments? It would make it so much harder, I think. 

The end of the second Elizabethan era comes to an end and the beginning of the third Charles era begins. What do we call it? Charlesian? 

It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes to change over all the currency, beefeater uniforms, post boxes, etc. Not many of us would have been witness to those kind of mundane changes when Queen Elizabeth took over from her father. History. We’re living history right now. A front row seat, so to speak. 

10 responses to “The End of an Era

  1. You are correct. Hateful comments about the royal family are uncalled for at this time. As a British subject, I am also of the opinion that royalty is outdated and those who make ruling decisions should be voted in by the public. Yet, I would never insult members of the royal family. Let those who worship them grieve in peace.

  2. We were so sad to hear of the Queen’s passing. Sigh. We were actually on a cruise ship and they made a ship wide announcement. I’ve never heard that place so quiet. And really? There were ugly comments. I wish those people could learn to show some respect. She was an amazing woman, but even if people had issues with her, those issues should not be the epitaph her family reads.

    • It was very sad and people taking joy in a woman’s death was horrific. People can be so cruel. Unreal.

      Hope you had a great time on the cruise. How fun!!

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  3. Knowing her age and that death is part of life, I still felt a loss when I heard. I haven’t heard any negative comments and I hope it stays that way. She is a woman to be admired. And my heart goes out to her family and a nation who will mourn her loss.

    • 96 years is a good long run, I agree. I feel for her family and her people. She was a unique and really wonderful lady. Always a smile and a little quip at her personal appearances.

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  4. Truly a sad time here in the UK and came as a shock to everyone even though we knew she had mobility problems. Sadly, hateful comments seem to be a part of modern life. Thankfully it it only a few who voice them. The queen has been a constant in most of our lifetimes. More imortantly she was a wife, mother, grandmother and great gra ndmother. The pomp and respect being given here moves many of us to tears. Much is being televised which we enjoy watching. Most of Britain will have its doors and curtains closed on Monday for the state funeral. She will be truly missed.

    • I agree she will be missed. Even over here. they are showing a lot of coverage but I am watching online with UK based sites as the American sites are way too focused on her son who married the American and I want to focus on the queen.  You were all blessed with a wonderful lady for a very long time and it’s going to be an adjustment over there, I am sure.  I will be up at 5 am on Monday to watch the funeral.  God bless you all. 

  5. Thank you for your lovely post, Jillian. The Queen was indeed a remarkable woman and has left an amazing legacy. It was very sad, even though expected. As someone said on the TV here, we all expected her to go on forever. Most of us have never known another monarch, so the new era will take some getting used to.

    • She was amazing. And such a kind soul whenever I saw footage of her – nice sense of humor, too. I know you will all be adjusting to the changes. She was around for such a long time.
      I thought she might not make it to the Jubilee when she lost her husband. Glad she was able to hold on to see the love people had for her.

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