Elizabeth II, the last Queen of England, died in September of this year at the age of 96 of natural causes, with 70 years of her life dedicated to the throne of the monarchy. Naturally, the death of a monarch in current times raises questions about the importance of a monarchy in the lives of its subjects.
With the longest reign in the history of the British crown, Elizabeth II collected important moments and achievements with global influence in many ways. Among her main accomplishments, her participation in World War II stands out, enlisting at age 14 and serving as a mechanic and driver in the territorial auxiliary service while still a princess. She was also the one who marked the return of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Germany after the two world wars. On her only visit dela to Brazil, the British monarch gave a speech in which she highlighted the importance of democracy to an audience of more than 500 people at the Brazilian national congress during the first years of the country’s military dictatorship. She opened hundreds of sessions of the British parliament, among them the inauguration of 15 prime ministers.
With her death, Charles III, the queen’s eldest son, automatically becomes the new king of the United Kingdom. At 73, he became the oldest monarch to be crowned in British history. According to CNN Brasil, Charles was already assuming some of the queen’s commitments this year due to the matriarch’s mobility problems. In May, he replaced his mother at the opening of the British Parliament.
This change in the British crown raises questions about whether monarchy for England is relevant or not. According to the YouGov poll, 41% of 18-24 year olds think there should be an elected head of state, compared to 31% who still want a king or queen. Cultural impact on the interests of former citizens versus what the youth believes, dividing opinions on the subject.