From a political position, the death of Queen Elizabeth means very little to me. I am an American. I was never "under the spell" of the Queen like many devout followers but I did respect her since she liked the Beatles and awarded them the MBE. Prince Charles, now King Charles III, was also keen on them as a young man. I know, many will think this is shallow thinking, but the Queen means different things to different people.
From what I can tell, she was really not a very good mother as she put duty first all the time. Charles, himself, has said that they had "issues" as he became a young man. It seems that it was her nannies that raised her children. Of course, there was also "issues" between herself and the husband, as many TV shows have shown. It must have been very hard for her to be a mother, wife, and queen. I am sure that as she looked back at her long life, she had many, many regrets, especially when it came to being a wife and mother. Did she think the sacrifice was worth it?
But is there something the public is not being told? It was just two days after she had met the new Prime Minister in a photo op that she was dead! Yes, in her last public photo with the new PM, she did look frail, but there had been earlier warning signs in June. Was the public not told of her health on purpose? Or did this sudden death catch even her doctors by surprise?
Most people who are age 65 or more will tell you that one's heath can change quickly the older one becomes. It is not like when you were 30 or 50, a time when your health was predictable and stable and you expected to live another X amount of years. After 65, you see the end to a degree. If you have taken care of yourself in the younger years with good diet, habit, and exercise, how you age will be reflected. Of course, family genetics play a huge role.
I am sure that when the Queen was 70, she wondered how much longer she might go on and probably never thought she would reach 96! Like so many others, she had friends and family that had died already and new the average age before death was around 80. Like others in the age group, when you start to see others die who were around your own age, you begin to get nervous and wonder how time do you have left.
Most young people seldom think about the end of their lives. It is simply so remote it becomes unreal to think life will end. As kids, you always thought your parents would always be around and they were until they were not. The shock is a wake up call and puts many things into perspective. Yet, there remains a fantasy that you will just live on forever somehow.
The Queen's death shows just how fragile life becomes after age 65. The older one becomes; the more tenuous and fragile life is for them. It's like holding onto a life preserver. With the queen, was it that her time was just up and even the doctors had no medical reasons to think she would not live another day? Or did medical tests reveal that she was weakening at a faster pace? Was there a condition the public has not been told about? But at age 96, a sudden bad turn in health does happen and your alive one day and dead the next.
The shock of any death is traumatic. But when it comes from a place where it is not expected or warning, it causes one to think about one's own life. The pace of life does not pause long for death. There is no time. Mourning about a death for some is a waste of time and they only do it when at home. Others mourn for days but eventually life will force the mourning to subside because, as John Lennon once said in his 20's, "the dead are just dead, and we must go on living".