We all knew that Queen Elizabeth II wouldn’t be with us forever. This year’s celebrations surrounding her Platinum Jubilee marked 70 years on the throne; how the word 70 echoed, prompting some to point out politely that there might not be any jubilees to follow.
Nevertheless, her death still comes as a shock. It seems so sudden; just two days before she died, she was greeting Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss. It’s hard to imagine a more momentousbedeutsammomentous start to a prime minister’s time in 10 Downing Street: dealing with the loss of a uniqueeinzigartig, ganz besondersunique figure from British history, the monarch with the longest reignRegentschaftreign of them all.
Those who can still remember a time before Elizabeth came to the throne are in a minority
Queen Elizabeth was loved and respected by millions, not just in the UK. She often appeared very serious in her role as head of state, and there are many photos of her wearing such an expression to prove it, but she also had a great sense of fun. The Jubilee television sketch in which she appeared with Paddington Bear will always be a very fondgut, liebevollfond memory.
The changes that are now to come will take some getting used to, especially since those who can still remember a time before Elizabeth came to the throne are in a minority. We’re just not accustomed to having a king. But while Charles has long known that his mother would sb. is a hard act to follownicht leicht sein, in jmds. Fußstapfen zu tretenbe a hard act to follow, her legacyErbelegacy means that there couldn’t be more goodwill towards him as he takes her place on the throne.
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