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Queen Elizabeth II visiting Trinidad and Tobago, a former British colony (Pic: Kenroy Ambris/Commonwealth Secretariat)


Queen Elizabeth II was a nation’s grandmother, an emblem of stability and unwavering duty as the world changed around her.

And she represented an institution that amassed wealth through colonialist plunder and never meaningfully repaid it.

Accordingly, her death yesterday triggered a broad spectrum of emotional reactions. At 96 years old, it was not a surprise, but it did bookend a mighty span of history.

She was born to rule an empire, in a relatively stable climate. During her 70-year reign, former colonies asserted their independence and exploitation of fossil fuels grew to substitute for exploitation of subject peoples. Global inequities persisted as the climate crisis took hold.

Her successor, King Charles III, is an outspoken advocate for climate action. The man in charge of UK energy policy, Jacob Rees-Mogg, is a monarchist with a record of climate science denial.

How that shakes out matters not just for the millions of Brits facing soaring gas bills but everyone that shares this atmosphere.

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