died today. I had never thought much about British royalty (and I didn’t even watch Diana’s wedding). I didn’t understand the point of it all. But then we went to England in May 2009. We visited all of the usual sites in London including Buckingham Palace.
We noticed a small crowd collecting at the fence of the palace. And we noticed these motorcycle police.
And then we noticed this fancy car pulling up.
And then we saw the Queen and Prince Phillip! It felt like she was waving right at me (of course, she wasn’t). But I got all a twitter over seeing her. I have never had that reaction before seeing other stars or leaders.
I then felt the importance of a monarch, someone who is bred and raised to rule and who understands the history of the nation. Someone who is generally respected and admired and brings the culture together. Now I know this not universally true, but I have also since felt how her televised addresses to the nation during crises have helped calm fears and unite people. I know there are tremendous downsides to the monarchy, and we went to war over them to gain our independence. But I was so incredibly surprised by my reactions to seeing her, and I do not think I am alone. She will be missed.