American media are in awe as the U.K. pays homage to Queen Elizabeth’s historic 70-year reign. Whatever your thoughts about monarchy and its place in modern times, few Americans can sit on the sidelines unimpressed by the authenticity of the outpouring of grief and respect this past week as Brits bade farewell to their Queen. Intimacy, love and connectedness all contributed their part. But so also was the textbook succession. “The queen has passed; Long live the king.” It might be a constitutional monarchy, but it is also a democracy. And in a democracy, succession is expected to be treated with honor, dignity and grace – in America as in England.
Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.
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