That One Moment

It doesn’t matter what you think of the British Royal family.  It doesn’t matter what you think of them, or their nation, or anything else, as a matter of fact.  I don’t care if you are the most ardent Irish Republican, or American Trumpist, or Indian anti-colonialist: all you have to do is take one look at this picture and you too will get a tear in your eye.

There’s an old, old saying that everyone dies alone.  Even if you agree with that as truth, you can still share in a truth that is almost as important: No one should mourn alone.

Leave aside the politics and history and just share the humanity.  This woman has lost the most important thing in her world.  For more than three-quarters of her life, she has shared the burdens — all the ups and downs— with one man, and he is now gone.  You can lie to yourself for some time after a loved one has died.  You can lie to yourself until that one moment comes…

I know this because I’ve done it.

For Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor, this picture is that one moment.  This is the moment where it all becomes real.  I don’t give two shits about the rest of the family’s Kardashian-level stupidity.  I don’t care about her feuding grandsons, or her legally imperiled son, or anything else.  All that truly strikes me is one woman, bereft and alone…

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, the man who had been by her side for 73 years, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. Prince Philip died April 9 at the age of 99 after 73 years of marriage to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

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