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Operation London Bridge

Is it the end of the monarchy?

Thousands of people flocked Buckingham Palace when the news broke. "Queen Elizabeth II has passed away." We saw the Union Jacks being lowered, and it was emotional to hear, "God Save the Queen." The mourners were shocked, as a stable figure who celebrated her 70th platinum jubilee a few months back was no longer with them.

Collective Grief

Grief acts as a response mechanism that almost every living being feels. What happens when you hear the news of your loved one passes away? Likewise, the Queen’s death brought collective grief. Uncontrollable emotions ran through, and we were all feeling the pain. Queen reigned for 70 years, and many are mourning this void.

The Queen once famously said, “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

Can we mourn someone we haven’t even met?

Not many of us had real-life interactions with the queen so how her passing has created the void? We chart the major moments of our lives through the death of a significant figure in history. Queen Elizabeth II was one of them. The emotional aftermath of the pandemic also gave way to this public grief. While we were dealing with tough times, the mourning period has given us a vent. Hence why it is completely okay to feel sad and mourn this great figure.

And as we mourn her let us also remember this emotion, which comes from a place of love. London Bridge might be down, but it has created a collective emotion that cannot be replaced.

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