Cory Jennings-DuBois | News Editor
On September 8th, at approximately 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, the British ruler Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully in her Scottish summer estate. Queen Elizabeth II was England’s longest ruler and was cherished by many, so naturally, many emotions arose inside the people of the British Commonwealth.
The Queen has brought good fortune to England time and time again, from her guidance in the transformation of England to a commonwealth society, to the stability and unity her royal figure brought upon her people.
It is not just the people of England who are mourning the late Queen Elizabeth- appearances at her state funeral on September 19 include the United States President and First Lady Joe and Jill Biden, the French President Emmanuel Macron, and the British Prime Minister Liz Truss. Members of the royal family also showed their respects; members such as Prince William and Prince Harry alongside their respective wives. It’s safe to say that there were and will be many people impacted by Queen Elizabeth’s death for a long time to come.
Though there are other feelings that seem to have risen to the surface as of late. When the Queen first began her rule, there were around 70 territories still under Britain’s imperial rule, and the issues were not left in the past. Territories such as Kenya, whose people have suffered great injustice during the Queens rule, have spoken out with their qualms about the past and how they would like the future to unfold.
British territories in the Middle East, for example, are sharing their thoughts more and more with each passing day. It is no secret that the Middle East is an area that suffers greatly from war and violence, and many different countries have expressed their concern with past events. Middle Eastern areas have seen their fair share of violence from bombings to burned down cities, and their longstanding problems with the past include the fact that the British Royals have suffered none but still hold power over them. They do not wish harm upon anyone, but the fact of the matter is that the royals and rulers of Britain have seemed to go unscathed when it comes to status and have neglected their territories that needed the most help.
Though it’s clear that British culture is still incredibly prevalent within many of those territories. The King Abdullah II of Jordan has British blood, as his mother was of English descent. Many countries still under English rule have British customs rooted so deep in their culture that it would be incredibly hard to change in a fast, neat fashion. But that is not necessarily what every colony would like. Many want justice brought to the people who have suffered, and for an overall more just and generally healthier British presence.
Another problem that has been brought to light due to the death of Queen Elizabeth is India’s demand for the Kohinoor Diamond to be returned. This diamond resides in the Queens crown, which is now holed up in the Tower of London. This cherished jewel is worth around $591 million US dollars, so there is no wondering why India would like to see it returned.
A viral tweet, written by a Tweeter from Delhi, speaks for the population of India and their thoughts on the stolen jewel. “Britain, it’s time to hand back our Kohinoor and everything else you looted from India. It’s payback time now!” This trying tweet brushes upon the injustice England has brought to India and certain other territories. Many people feel as though Great Britain has robbed them of something, and many people are looking to the upcoming King Charles to fix that while deeming his reign as the ‘returnism’ reign.
The death of Queen Elizabeth was and will continue to be a tragedy for a long time come, but many will continue to wonder if her passing will allow a new era to unfold for the British Commonwealth and the countries effected by it.