African and Caribbean countries have had mixed feelings or reactions this past few days over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
As a courtesy and tradition, elected officials of former British territories have passed condolences 🙏🏿 to the departed’s family, whereas good percentage of the general citizenry from Africa, Caribbean and The Middle East have expressed disinterest and even distant themselves from the British monarch, citing its destructive, pillage and violence in the past.
Queen Elizabeth II greatest legacy might perhaps be the expansion of The Commonwealth of Nations, simply referred to as the Commonwealth; a political association of 56 member states, the vast majority of which are former colonies/ territories of the British Empire.
A growing number of AWOKE AFRICANS can’t seem to understand even why to this day Lake Victoria, The Victoria Falls among others are named after a monarch that presided the destruction of the African civilization!
HISTORY IN BRIEF
The longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is no more after seating on thrown for a whooping 70 years. She passed the reigning longevity of her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years, from June 20th, 1837 till her death on January, 22nd 1901.
The recently departed monarch became Queen upon the death of her father King George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) suddenly died in his sleep on February 6th 1952. It is reported that he died of coronary thrombosis (blood clot in the coronary artery).
Princess Elizabeth was on a state tour in Kenya 🇰🇪 in 1952 when she learnt of the sudden demise of her father, King George VI. She became Queen on that very same day on African soil.
Princess Elizabeth was not in line to the British thrown. Her father who became The King, only assumed the Kingship after his elder brother King-Emperor Edward VIII abdicated (stepped down) as King on 20 January 1936.
REASON WHY KING-EMPEROR EDWARD VIII ABDICATION THE THROWN
King Edward VIII ascended to the British thrown after the death of his father King George V, grandson of the great The Queen Victoria.
While he was Prince of Wales (Edward), he liked to party and is alleged to have been involved in a series of sexual affairs. Now as the newly crowned King, he was also the head of the church of England.
A crises erupted when he persisted on marrying the soon to be divorcee, American socialite Wallis Simpson. This was to be her second divorce.
Mrs. Wallis was politically and socially unacceptable to the powers that be in The United Kingdom 🇬🇧 and its territories. Furthermore, it was against the tentacles of the Church of England whereby a divorcee would remarry while a former husband was still alive. For Mrs. Wallis, she had two living ex-husbands.
King Edward VIII refused to relent and offered to resign as the King so that he could marry the love of his life.