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Queen Elizabeth II took her role “very, very seriously” — but some critics see a troubling history

As the world mourns the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, it feels almost unimaginable to think about a change to the monarchy after her 70-year reign. 

But on the time of her start, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was by no means meant to be queen.  

When King George V, Elizabeth’s grandfather, died in 1936, his first-born son King Edward VIII ascended to the throne. 
 
But a controversial romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson put an abrupt finish to a reign that lasted simply 325 days. 

“Divorce was still something that was not done. And it certainly wasn’t a common practice for a monarch,” royal historian Laura Mayhall instructed CBS News nationwide correspondent and anchor Vladimir Duthiers. 

He was given a alternative: surrender the love of his life or surrender the throne. He selected love. His choice thrust his brother and Elizabeth’s father, George VI, into the highlight. 

George VI was a man with a stutter, a concern of public talking with no need to be king. His life was depicted within the 2010 film, “The King’s Speech.”  

But he cast forward, fulfilling his obligation and getting ready Elizabeth to sooner or later be queen. That included serving within the ladies’s department of the British military throughout World War II. 

The 25-year-old inheritor was touring Kenya when she realized her father had died and that she was queen. 

“It is very clear that she understood her life would be dedicated to service,” Mayhall stated. “She took it very, very seriously.”

But her reign didn’t come with out controversy. There was opposition to the colonial subjugation of the Commonwealth’s lands and folks

“Even under her reign, there was the Mau Mau rebellion of Kenya, for instance … under the British at that time, which the British violently crushed, put Kenyans into concentration camps, evidence of torture of displacement which, to this day, the survivors and the descendants are seeking damages from the U.K. for that,” Washington Post columnist Karen Attiah stated. 

In her international travels, Queen Elizabeth II by no means publicly acknowledged the monarchy’s usually brutal colonial previous. 
 
Over the previous few days, many individuals all over the world have expressed resentment towards the lady who symbolized to them the programs of oppression and compelled extraction of labor. 

“The reason we haven’t been able to have proper conversations about Britain, about the royal family, about the symbols of white supremacy and colonialism is because those discussions have been whitewashed, erased and sabotaged,” Attiah stated. 
 
Despite the difficult history of the monarchy, to many, Queen Elizabeth II was a beloved monarch — evidenced by the individuals everywhere in the world who made their option to England to pay their respects to the queen who at all times stated she was merely a humble servant. 

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