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The Queen’s death will shake this country deeply – she was a steady centre amid constant flux

By Jonathan Freedland

08 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Even skeptics of the monarchy are mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, argues a Guardian columnist, because she was "woven into the cloth of our lives so completely."

We knew the words would be uttered one day, but it was still a shock to hear them. The Queen is dead.

Of course, we knew the moment was coming. When a photograph was released on Tuesday showing the monarch welcoming her newest prime minister – her 15th – at Balmoral, her face looked unfamiliarly gaunt. The Queen was in her 90s and we are all mortal, even those whose blood flows deepest blue. And yet the announcement that she had died on Thursday afternoon will shake this country very deeply, for reasons we may not fully grasp.

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