Elizabeth, was she the monarch of America? It seems like it this week.
Elizabeth | The most recent episode of the royal family drama is engrossing the descendants of the Americans who fought for independence from the British crown more than 200 years ago. She was there, cheering for the Buffalo Bills as they trounced the Los Angeles Rams, the defending Super Bowl winners, on Thursday night’s N.F.L. season opener.
The speaker asked the throngs of celebrating football fans to pause for a moment of quiet, saying, “Today, the world lost a cherished worldwide figure with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.”
Brands too joined in to express their sorrow. One company, Apple, changed the background of its home page to a black-and-white image of the young monarch wearing a diamond crown.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, said on Twitter that dedicating one’s life to helping others was the most honorable thing one could do, paying homage to “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s life and dedication to duty.”
Even the locations of the American Revolution could not escape royal sadness. Old North Church in Boston, where Paul Revere signaled with two lamps in 1775 that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord, asked people to sign a book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth II this week.
After the queen passed away on Thursday, more than 200 years after the United States proclaimed its freedom from the British throne, the nation was once again enthralled by the royal family.
Numerous Americans were drawn into the most recent episode of a centuries-old family drama that has been compared to the longest-running reality show or soap opera on earth by the nonstop news coverage of the burial procession and the succession of King Charles III.
Professor of history at Boston University and expert on modern Britain Arianne Chernock admitted, “I’m actually starting to feel a little bit tired myself.” But I’m not at all surprised by the wider American interest in Queen Elizabeth or the monarchy in general.
In fact, she said, some of the country’s founders made a distinction between their complaints about the British Parliament and their admiration for King George III, whom they saw as a “benevolent figure,” at the time of the country’s founding.
According to her, American media “gobbled it up and couldn’t get enough details” when Queen Victoria was crowned in 1838. The American media was very giddy about the queen. When the future King Edward VII, Victoria’s son, visited the United States in 1860, he was met by throngs of people, including young girls eager to see the royal bachelor. And many American women watched with pride as Queen Elizabeth II rose to the throne in 1952, challenging gender norms with her “deliciously disruptive” persona.
They cherished the idea that Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, had to obey the monarch, according to Professor Chernock. Their actual homes were very different from this.
According to Cele Otnes, co-author of “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture,” Princess Diana propelled the family into the contemporary celebrity era by appealing to ideas of beauty, wealth, youth, and extravagance. 25 years after her death in a car accident, a poll conducted in February revealed that Americans still thought more favorably of Diana than any other member of the British royal family.