Reactions being what they have been so far.
I've grown up in Canada, and QEII has been our head of state my entire life. I'm fully aware of the historical relevance of the Royal Family's predecessors and the relevant "evil" done in the name of the British Empire. I do somewhat understand that there are those that will regard the death of a member of that family with some glee. What astonishes me is that there is little recognition of the effort put into changing the state of affairs that she inherited when she took the throne. Certainly she did not change these things with her sole effort, but with her grace, style and dignity she absolutely helped things along.
There are few leaders, or figureheads, about these days who carry themselves with similar grace and elegance. As much as there are millions of folks who demand massive change in the world, there will be millions of folks who demand that the status quo remain. A leader or figurehead who can see that the change needs to happen, and can also bless the process of convincing the others that change is good with such charm, dignity and elegance, is priceless. And to do so while also being willing to portray their humanity openly, is awesome.
I'm certainly *not* a monarchist in the traditional sense, however the need for a stabilizing, constant calm, dignified and elegant figurehead in leadership is utterly apparent in recent times. I for one am completely done with the raging conspiracy theorist populist clickbait media puppets that believe "entertainment" is more important than "informing the public". Looking around the planet, it is becoming abundantly clear that irrational, illogical vituperative commentary about *anything* by the everyday politician garners far more attention than the ever rarer, calm, rational process politician. In times like these, a figurehead who can provide the contrast necessary to make the difference abundantly clear is needed more than ever. There were several times in our recent history where Her voice was that contrast.
Much like I was not a huge Obama fan, I am not a huge Royal Family fan, but Elizabeth and Barrack both had the same affect. In times of chaos and clickbait, they carried a certain dignity and grace to the roles they were engaged in. That, I at least, appreciated. Sadly I doubt that Charles III will have an iota of what his mother brought to the role.
I am an atheist myself, but:
God bless and Godspeed Elizabeth, may your have the blessing of crossing the rainbow bridge to be surrounded by your many adored corgis and horses.