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With Queen gone, former colonies find a moment to rethink lasting ties

By Damien Cave

11 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

‘Does the monarchy die with the Queen?’ In former British colonies, the Queen’s death is prompting debate about abolishing ties with the monarchy. The New York Times reports.

HONIARA, Solomon Islands — Millicent Barty has spent years trying to decolonize her country, recording oral histories across the Solomon Islands and promoting Melanesian culture. Her goal: to prioritize local knowledge, not just what arrived with the British Empire.

But Friday morning, when asked about the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Barty sighed and frowned. Her eyes seemed to hold a cold spring of complicated emotion as she recalled meeting the queen in 2018 with a Commonwealth young leaders’ program.

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