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Governments and heads of state from all over the world came to London today to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth. Among the mourners were several leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations, such as Tanzania’s President Suluho, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Kenya’s President Ruto.
But within the Federation, which consists mainly of former colonies, not everyone mourns the death of the Queen, who was seen as a symbol of colonialism and slavery.
The notable absentee from London today was Indian Prime Minister Modi. It is true that shortly after Elizabeth’s death he conveyed his condolences to the royal family and declared a day of national mourning, but earlier he criticized British colonialism.
Indian President Murmo came to London for the funeral, but her role in India is ceremonial in nature. The funeral was also not shown on major Indian television stations.
India was already independent when Elizabeth assumed the throne in 1953. Shortly thereafter she was overthrown as head of state – the example of Barbados Follow last year.
Indians look at a funeral recording at an electronics store in Bangalore:
Several countries in the Caribbean have hinted strongly that they are planning the same thing, including Belize, Antigua and Barbuda. Today was considered a day of national mourning in Jamaica, but the former colony is not exactly owned. The country does not hide its desire to become a republic.
During a visit by William to the throne last March, Prime Minister Holness noted that Jamaica and the United Kingdom had “unresolved” issues to deal with. He referred, among other things, to compensation.
King Charles with Prime Minister Holness at Buckingham Palace. The two met shortly after Elizabeth’s death:
Elizabeth maintained better relations with a number of African countries. In Kenya, for example, the funeral can be seen on television today. Four days of national mourning have also been set in the country.
Kenya was the country where Princess Elizabeth was on a royal tour in 1952 when she was told she was going to be queen: her father, George VI, had died in England.
The history of the British royal family is closely linked to the brutal colonial rule practiced by the English in Kenya. In the African nation, about 1.5 million residents were sent to internment camps during the 1950s in an attempt by the British to fight the Mau Mau independence movement.
The latter sentiment has been heard a lot online lately. While leaders in Kenya have primarily paid tribute to Elizabeth, there have been criticisms on social media of the British colonial legacy.
Like Kenya, Elizabeth has visited South Africa several times. She maintained a cordial relationship with the first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela.
But recently, a petition was launched in the country asking the British royal family to return Cullinan. This largest uncut diamond in the world was found at the beginning of the last century in South Africa, then a British colony. Portions of diamonds were incorporated into the crown jewels, which are today A prominent role He was at the funeral.
While African leaders delicately expressed their condolences, a different voice was heard at a souvenir market in central Cape Town:
“I do not grieve for Queen Elizabeth”
Australia and New Zealand
The funeral was widely followed in two other states of the Commonwealth of Nations, Australia and New Zealand. For example, there were screens in public places and in bars to follow the festivities live.
However, there are also critical voices in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, for example among indigenous peoples. For example, many Aboriginal people do not mourn Elizabeth’s death.
There is also a growing group of people saying that with the arrival of Elizabeth’s successor Charles, it is time for her to become a republic. Prominent Republicans, such as Australian Prime Minister Albany, say they now want to show respect to the Queen and just want to talk about a republic after the mourning period.
In Sydney, the funeral can be followed in pubs:
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