Elizabeth’s death hastened the decline of what was left of the British Empire.

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Elizabeth II became queen during a tour of Africa, in colonial Kenya in 1952, about ten thousand Britons dominated the economy, government, courts, police and all institutions, owned the best land and lived in the so-called White Highlands. , a fertile region in the center of the country. A decade later, after the Mau Mau uprising, repression, bloodshed and occasional massacres by colonial masters, the country celebrated independence.

Ten years after the coronation of the recently deceased emperor, not only Kenya became independent, but also Kuwait, Sudan, Malaysia, Ghana, Cyprus, Nigeria, Somaliland, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), Zanzibar, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Trinidad. and Tobago. Countries – some no longer exist as such, have changed names or been integrated into others – which, despite everything, remained and remained within the Commonwealth. Isabel coped with this transition with dignity, including the gradual division of the empire.

Antigua and Barbuda has already announced a three-year referendum to decide whether it is a republic.

Charles III ascended the throne as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and head of fourteen other countries. Some will cease to exist. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Brown has already announced, with little room for diplomacy, that a republican referendum will be called within three years, as Barbados recently did. Jamaica and other Caribbean countries could follow Domino’s example.

As Elizabeth’s coffin left Balmoral Castle on its way to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, thousands of Scots waved goodbye on highways and country roads during the six-hour journey, Charles III was joined by spectators from 56 Commonwealth countries, the remnants of a twilight empire in which the sun would rise.

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After his grandmother’s death in Game of Thrones as Prince of Wales, William himself admitted after a disastrous March tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas that he might not be head of the Commonwealth.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau almost cried and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern is visibly upset. But the arrival of a new English monarch after seventy years of the second Elizabethan era will inevitably increase the pressure on both countries to end the British monarchy. Especially in Australia, whose Prime Minister (Anthony Albanese) is a Republican, who already held a referendum in 1999 (55% in favor of the status quo, similar to the one in Scotland in 2016) and another in Scotland. Pregnancy Greens leader Adam Band (the country’s third party and member of the government coalition) wants this to happen as soon as possible.

Carlos III receives audience representatives from 56 countries of the Commonwealth.

William and Catherine’s early spring tour of the Caribbean showed how old the Windsors’ (and Britain’s) unrepentant legacy of colonialism and slavery had become, as three monarchs (Elizabeth I, Carlos II and James II) participated in it and benefited directly from it. Human Trafficking. , and the other two (George III and Guillermo IV) defended the arrangement and delayed the repeal as long as possible. Blacks arriving in the Caribbean on Africa Company ships were branded with the initials DY, associated with the Duke of York. In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, sooner or later someone has to take real offense.

But for Brexiters, Elizabeth’s death and the declaration of Charles III as head of the Commonwealth (comprising 2.5 billion people, the vast majority of whom are non-white) have ignited the dream of Empire 2.0, a global and piratical United Kingdom. , as in the days of Captain Drake and his battles with Dutch and Spanish galleons, “Great Britain”, was cut off from continental Europe, suspicious of low taxes and minimum regulations, with its own trade laws. This rude half of Britain, with one of the most right-wing governments in national history, will not bury the ashes of the past, but cling more than ever to nostalgia for a world that no longer exists. And this is not the legacy of Carlos III. Reality and fantasy collide.

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