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Celebrating the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

We discuss the passing of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, as well as the legacy she leaves behind and what we can expect from the Royal Family going forward


Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96


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Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, after a 70-year reign as Queen. She's the longest-serving monarch in British history, and the second longest-reigning sovereign in world history. For many British citizens and people around the world, she was the only British monarch that had ruled in their lifetimes.

After living through many significant historical events, the Queen leaves behind an impressive legacy, from her coronation in 1952, to the appointment of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and to her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year commemorating the seventieth anniversary of her accession as the Queen.

Reflecting on some of these moments, we talk with the Former British Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Houston, Helen Mann, and Rice University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Aysha Pollnitz. Also, what does Queen Elizabeth's death mean for the British monarchy and Commonwealth going forward, and what we can expect from her successor, King Charles III.


Helen Mann

  • Former British Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Houston
  • Former Panelist on Houston Public Media's Downton Abbey after show "Manor of Speaking"

Dr. Aysha Pollnitz

  • Associate Professor of History

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