10 Seconds With The Queen

Ben Harris

Ben Harris is a senior parliamentary researcher at the House of Commons. He is also on Twitter at @btharris93

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9 Responses

  1. North says:

    Thank you very much for this- it effected me profoundly as I have been a staunch Monarchist since learning affection for the Monarchy at my sainted Grandmothers knee.Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    Ben, this is a fascinating read and a moving one. The idea that there should be a personal connection to a monarch is foreign to my way of thinking. I love your illustration that the Queen was a hero and an exemplar to you and countless others of your fellow-British and Commonwealth citizens. This gives me a better understanding of the love for the Queen that we’e seen these past several days; thank you. May King Charles III serve his realm as well as his mother, and may you find in him, or perhaps in William, the Prince of Wales, more to admire in people who also have the peculiar job of personification of a nation.Report

    • Boo in reply to Burt Likko says:

      As a staunch Federalist and anti-Monarchist, we all owe the Queen (and her mice!) a debt for her selfless act of sabotage. No finer nor more noble deed do I expect to see in my lifetime.Report

  3. Jaybird says:

    I’m trying to think what the US has that might give this same experience and I worry that we don’t have one anymore.

    Like, maybe when Mister Rogers died… maybe Bob Ross.

    But is there a sportsman who would draw everybody together if they passed? A sportswoman?

    Even an actor/actress?

    Certainly not a politician.

    (Then again, even the Queen’s death had a bunch of people posting .gifs of people dancing and amateur covers of “Come Out, Ye Black and Tans”. So maybe that’s the high water mark of solemnity we get to enjoy now. The best we can hope for is a bunch of “s/he meant so much to so many” and only a handful of “I don’t get why s/he meant so much to so many.”)Report

  4. Pinky says:

    I was in the line to pay my respects to Reagan for about 6 hours.Report