Letigio: So long, Queen Elizabeth II

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The world mourns the death of the longest reigning monarch the modern world has ever known, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and her other realms.

My entire generation and even our parents’ generations lived through Britain’s Elizabethan age.

The popularity of the British monarch is manifested in her strong global influence in all forms of media, from print to radio to television and the new age of social media.

So it is with deep sadness that I woke up today in a world without Queen Elizabeth II.

Perhaps, the many depictions of Elizabeth II in various shows like the Netflix hit, The Crown, have bridged generations in admiration of The Queen.

Even the Philippines has shown an intricate fascination for the British Royals with the wall-to-wall coverages of the famous royal weddings of Princes William and Harry.

The Crown was such a hit in the Philippines that in Season 4 Episode 3, the country was nodded in a scene when Princess Margaret, The Queen’s sister portrayed by Helen Bonham Carter, mentioned former First Lady now Presidential Mother Imelda Marcos.

It is natural that the Philippines will join the world in mourning the death of an iconic monarch that has influenced so much of our global culture.

The Queen’s death is also mourned by all women of the world. It may have been a mere coincidence that women’s rights rushed forth in different countries during the reign of Elizabeth II, but it cannot be denied that the monarch is The Woman we could all look up to.

While she reigned, women were able to dream not just of becoming princesses like the fairytales have told us but to dream of actually being queen, to hold power and confidence simply because it was possible.

Personally, my admiration is centered on The Queen’s regal presence and qualities which I wish to learn, like how she rarely flinches in front of pressure while meeting leaders and powerful dignitaries.

She held the fort so naturally and effortlessly as if nothing could move her. She survived many tragedies and lived on. She kept living on until her last breath.

Based on succession, the Commonwealth realms will not be seeing a Queen for a long time, with King Charles III ascending, the incoming Prince of Wales, William as his successor, and his son, George.

Only if George sires a daughter as his firstborn will we see a possibility of the next queen in Britain.

Still, with Europe changing the laws of succession into absolute primogeniture, we expect to see more Queens in the future.

Spain’s crown heir is Princess Leonor of Asturias who will be queen after her father, while Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway will also take over her father’s throne.

Sweden is expecting two generations of future Queens with Crown Princess Victoria as the first in line and her daughter, Princess Estelle, second in line.

Elizabeth II left a world where princesses are no longer superseded by their younger brothers in the line of succession, securing the place of women not only in royal houses but in other endeavors as well.

For that, God save the queens of this world.