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It’s going to be a rough while

At 6:30 this evening, the BBC announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Rumor is she died some hours before.

No, the picture is not a disrespectful Photoshop, it’s an actual portrait I found online. It’s a little eerie because the site it is from is mostly dead picture links. I can’t tell you the backstory.

I don’t know how to describe what this will do to British morale. Even those who were strongly against the monarchy will feel the loss of someone whose very public presence spread over eight decades – seven as queen, but she was in the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a teenager in WWII. She trained as a driver and mechanic, for real.

There have been storms all across Britain today. It’s suddenly cold. It’s symbolic as holy hell. We’re headed into what everyone expects to be a brutal winter of shortages and deprivation.

This is going to be hard.


Comment from Mitch
Time: September 8, 2022, 6:33 pm

Rest In Peace your Majesty.

Comment from CT
Time: September 8, 2022, 7:19 pm

This was the 3rd stop I made after learning of the Queen’s passing (after Ace and Insta). Been traipsing by once in a while since before your move. Appreciate they wry humor and perspective from Britain. Sending thoughts and prayers for the coming winter (and the coming reign of Charles).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 8, 2022, 7:25 pm

Oof. Tell me. I’m going to have to swear an oath to that…errr…monarch. It’s part of citizenship.

It wouldn’t have been better under Liz. You have to swear to all their heirs, too.

Man, I hate oaths.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 8, 2022, 7:38 pm


Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022)

Queen Elizabeth II, longest reigning monarch in English history.

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: September 8, 2022, 7:43 pm

I have faith in the British that the country will weather the queens passing. I also have hope that one day William will ascend to the throne. As an American I am very impressed with his empathy towards others and believe that one day he will make a great king.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 8, 2022, 7:52 pm

I remember watching HMTQ’s coronation on a B&W TV, she has been a quiet, calm presence for much of my life. The last prominent member of The Greatest Generation has passed, closing an era unlike any before it.

Godspeed Ma’am

Now we’re thrown into unchartered waters…it will be interesting I’m sure.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 8, 2022, 8:01 pm

Sadly, BullDawgGuy, William is a hardcore eco-loon and has shown glimmers of other Justice Warrior tendencies.

Like, he vowed if he took the throne, he would DESTROY all the ivory artefacts in the royal collection. This is like unto threatening to crush puppies and kittens.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: September 8, 2022, 8:35 pm

As an American whose ancestors were kicked out of most of the UK, and western Europe, I feel a strange loss. She seemed like one of the last vestiges of time honored traditions. She was impressive. Born the same year as my Mom. May she rest in peace.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 8, 2022, 9:12 pm

I’ve always had a great deal of respect and fondness for the Queen, Yankee though I may be.

A stabilizing influence for a dwindling empire and Europe during a very trying period in history.

It’s sadder this afternoon knowing she’s gone.
Worthy or loyalty. She was a good old girl.

Rest in peace your Majesty.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 8, 2022, 9:35 pm

There have been very few world leaders whom I respected and even fewer whom I admired. Her Majesty was one. God Rest The Queen.

Comment from Tonyc
Time: September 9, 2022, 12:26 am

Strange feeling being saddened by the loss of a world leader. This is truly a great loss, the world needs more class acts.

Comment from currently
Time: September 9, 2022, 1:27 am

Start a new dead pool. It may help. After all, someone else is awaiting death and we want to guess who it is.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 9, 2022, 11:27 am

Yeah, I want to pick a real sweetheart this time.

Uju Anya, tasteless Melonhead.

Comment from steve
Time: September 9, 2022, 12:59 pm

Regarding William being an eco-loon, I have come to believe that eco-lunacy becomes more prevalent the richer you are.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 9, 2022, 1:01 pm

Why, did someone have the queen in the Dead Pool?

Born the same year as my dad, Grom. That generation has truly passed.

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 9, 2022, 1:28 pm

Sadly, I too share your foreboding for England’s future Swease. The future of the western world as well. J.J. Sefton, the treasured bard of the Ace Of Spades blog, posted a truth bomb (https://ace.mu.nu/archives/400877.php) this morning that will be hated by the Left because it says what they all know deep inside…that they are not the Light but the Darkness.

Elizabeth was part of the Light. May God rest her soul.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 9, 2022, 2:55 pm

@S. Weasel — Yes, Her Majesty was the very first DP pick:

Comment from BullDawgGirl
August 26, 2022, 6:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 9, 2022, 4:19 pm

A small story from decades ago, that I have always remembered: A man from the Queen’s public affairs office (or what ever it’s called) was speaking to a group of very young school children. The man took questions from the children and one little boy earnestly inquired, “Does the Queen like tigers, and does she wear woolly sweaters when she goes to the country?”

The man replied, “Oh, Her Majesty likes tigers very much indeed. And she always wears woolly sweaters when she goes to the country.”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 9, 2022, 4:53 pm

Oh, no! It’s too late to fire one up this week, Uncle Al. I’d feel a little wrong about it, anyway.

Comment from Jon
Time: September 9, 2022, 5:05 pm

God save your gracious Queen. She was an amazing individual, will be missed by many.
I’m not hopeful for the succession’s outcome.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 9, 2022, 10:22 pm

@Stoaty…I has an uneasy feeling that William may be a populist in royal clothing. For starters the Royal Collection isn’t his to smash, it is held in trust for the Sovereign, his/her successors and the nation. What good would destroying historical art pieces do? Those elephants are long dead and trafficking in Ivory is already illegal. Reminds me of the ignorant bints who want Rueben’s fleshy ladies taken down.

Charles’ best day of his life is also the worst…today he looks a bit like the dog who finally caught a car. Ya think when Camilla is alone tomorrow she’ll do a little victory dance? I would.

Comment from Carl
Time: September 11, 2022, 10:25 am

The photograph of the Queen is from a photoshoot by Chris Levine. She was resting her eyes between shots when he took this one. It sold at auction for £187.500.

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