Mourners sing “God Save the King” at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday. Dignitaries from around the world, including President Biden and members of the Royal family, were in attendance along the streets. A coffin proceeded as many gathered for the procession.
“When the coffin went by, there was two lorry drivers — big burly men, tattoos — and they began sobbing. And, as an American, it’s very difficult to understand what the queen means to people until you’re here,” said one witness.
But not everyone is celebrating. Dr. Ritu Mathur, a professor at the University of Texas San Antonio, says, “The anger is towards the institutionalized practices of monarchy. There’s gonna be a television coverage of the event.”
She says many from India feel the legacy of imperialism is being whitewashed.
“All these different human rights violations, these genocides, these crimes against humanity, but then these are never the subject of debate and discussion.”
Even before the queen’s death, there was a debate in the Caribbean over independence.
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