Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral yesterday, and the internet is experiencing every emotion possible. As the world’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth left behind quite a legacy, albeit a contentious and sometimes controversial one. Since then, the internet has known no peace, and every take imaginable is being put out on display. Below, we list some of they key takeaways people seem to have from this historic event; the good, the bad, and the ridiculous.
There are a lot of people who have been very moved by the death of the Queen, who think that her passing marks the end of an era.
What I wrote 12 weeks ago on her platinum jubilee. I'm not much of a royalist but Elizabeth's death is deeply saddening. End of an era. Britain was a better place because of her. https://t.co/jYfvxQPNmb
— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) September 8, 2022
For my whole life Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has always been there. In my childhood I can recall watching her wedding highlights on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the much beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal family. pic.twitter.com/3JLILZDKwK
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 8, 2022
Over 70 years, the Queen presided over the transformation of Britain, away from empire and into a modern European country, with elegance and grace. Now that we know how ugly a revanchist ex-imperial leader can be, we have all the more reason to be grateful for her.
— Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) September 8, 2022
Whatever your views on the monarchy, it was a life that represented virtues valued by a generation that has now passed, and whose absence daily diminishes public life: duty, service, stoicism, humility, decency, commitment, constantcy and stability. RIP. pic.twitter.com/ka5aN4Pp6q
— William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) September 8, 2022
Her Royal Majesty’s passing is not only a tragedy for England, Britain, the UK & Commonwealth but all decent people everywhere. Queen Elizabeth was our last link to a lost age of magic and glory, radiating our world with light. After a life of service she rests in God’s Kingdom.
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) September 8, 2022
However, majority of the people on Twitter seem to be cognizant of the role of Queen Elizabeth as part of the colonial agenda and as an imperialist power.
i don’t feel bad for queen elizabeth at all actually.. she ruled over colonies guilt free, she defended her son who groomed children on epstein’s island, she banned racial minorities from working for her until the late 60s & she’s just generally a terrible person
— suri (@suricidal) September 8, 2022
This is why you don’t mourn imperialists and colonialists.
Roughly every 6 days in the world, a country celebrates its independence from Britain.
It’s the most widely celebrated holiday in the world. pic.twitter.com/aoychmtrOr
— Peter Darker (@IAmLeoGlaze) September 8, 2022
Just putting it out there that Queen Elizabeth II never apologized for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre where British General Dyer ordered the shooting of an estimated 1500 people “until their ammunition was exhausted.” This is what she said instead. pic.twitter.com/ZqfrqaB6bq
— Divya Karthikeyan (@divya_krthk) September 8, 2022
queen elizabeth was literally ruling while countries fought for independence. fought to get from being under british colonial rule. she is actually a colonizer. literally. she didn’t just benefit, she actively colonized.
— 5hahem aka Dr. Durag (@shaTIRED) September 8, 2022
But the reactions that took the cake were the memes! So many memes, each one funnier than the next.
Queen to Meghan and Harry 😭 pic.twitter.com/qRt13LgkuR
— Jasir Shahbaz (@LahoreMarquez) September 8, 2022
Thinking of time the late queen addressed her former subjects in Panjabi and poured her heart out pic.twitter.com/9S4TeNktRZ
— لالہ مصری خان (@Bedil_Khushabi) September 8, 2022
Dekh budhi ya teri century honi he ya meri pic.twitter.com/PEbssnKmBf
— samia (@samiaa056) September 8, 2022
RIP sister – no one rocked the hijab like you did pic.twitter.com/BCXd307602
— Waqas Tufail (@_WaqasTufail) September 8, 2022
They have started 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/T8s1xbufhV
— M (@mobzw) September 8, 2022
Jis khuda ne Price Charles ko 73 age main nukari dedi usne mere baray main bhe kuch socha hi hoga.
— Naina (@Zainaaab_abbasi) September 8, 2022
meghan markle's eulogy pic.twitter.com/L8HMjchXuB
— yes (@ferventquixotic) September 8, 2022