Queen leaves behind legacy

Ben Wallace, Staff Reporter

   The reign of England’s longest living monarch has recently come to a sudden end.

   Sadly on Sept. 8 Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle.

   As the longest reigning queen in all of British history, she was used to breaking records or changing the way people perceived how they should react and behave. Many looked up to her and more respected her.

   She ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, at the age of 25. Her coronation was the very first to ever be televised to the world at large. In total her reign lasted over 70 years, the longest of any British monarch. She also is the only royal to have experienced a platinum jubilee, a celebration of over 70 years of ruling.

   From then on she was immediately in the public eye and looked upon quite favorably.

   She was one of the first world leaders to return to German soil after WWII, taking a ride on the back of a military vehicle with her husband Prince Philip.

   This tradition of acceptance and kindness continued all the way up until the marriage of her great grandson Prince Harry who married biracial American actress, Meghan Markle. This decision, while not agreed upon by the rest of the royal family, was apparently quickly accepted by the Queen.

   The Queen lived a long and eventful yet happy life. When she was challenged with discord or split situations, she always felt acceptance was the first step in the journey to a better future.