UT Tyler history professor discusses changes following death of Queen Elizabeth II

Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 11:21 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2022 at 6:24 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - It’s hard to predict what will be next for the monarchy, but historians use patterns of the past to get an idea of what’s next, according to an East Texas history professor.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, UT Tyler Associate Professor of Modern European History Mandy Link says the monarchy will see a lot of changes.

“Britain is already in this incredible moment, not just because they just had this huge upset and have this new prime minister, they’re also experiencing rampant inflation, coming off of COVID (although we’re still technically in it) and now to again have that fixture gone,” Link said.

Under British monarchy rules, a king or queen reigns until death. Now, the monarchy will be led by King Charles III.

“Charles is next in line because he was Elizabeth’s oldest son,” Link explained. “My thoughts are that he is going to try to continue that sense of stability and kind of neutrality that the crown has come to have, you know, especially political neutrality. But, at the same time, he’s his own person, and I’m sure he has his own ideas about what the monarchy should look like.”

Now, Link plans to bring this current event to her history classes to give students perspective on how the monarchy interacts with modern Britain.

“What is their role? They don’t really have political power, so I think it’s interesting for students to see,” she said. “You know, they don’t make laws, they don’t do that kind of thing, but they have a lot of cultural power.”

“I think she set such a tone over her reign,” Link said, describing Queen Elizabeth II. “She came in, and she was this very glamourous, beautiful queen that kind of represented this sort of resurrection, if you will.”

But, this was not always the case. “When you have a reign of 70 years, you’re going to go through waxes and wanes,” Link stated. “She kind of went through a period in the ‘80s, and certainly after princess Diana died, of not being all that popular.”

This perception turned around over the last two decades, though. “She also became like, I think, everybody’s grandma, or you know, great grandma,” said Link.

The moment Queen Elizabeth II died, her son Charles became king. However, the official coronation has not been set yet. According to Link, the line of succession continues such that “William will be after him, and then his oldest, George.”

Link says the coronation could be for both King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, which would be the first coronation for both the king and queen since 1936.