What Happens to the British Monarchy Now?

“The Queen is dead. Long live the King,” was last uttered in 1901 upon the passing of Queen Victoria, when her son Edward ascended to the British throne. But on September 8, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the succession of the Prince of Wales, now King Charles III. The proclamation, largely figurative in use for 121 years, is once again permeating through the press and pop culture.

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The syntactic construction of the expression has a clear intent, both confirming the death of one monarch and the rise of another. Blunt, sure. Yet it immediately cuts to the point that while the monarchy has shifted, the power structure of the crown remains very much intact.


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