Dame Karen Pierce, the British ambassador to the US, said while remembering the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, it is important to “confront” the history.
Asked about the criticism that the monarchy and the Queen “helped obscure a bloody history of decolonization,” as Maya Jasanoff, a professor of history at Harvard, put it in an New York Times opinion piece on Thursday, Pierce pointed out the Queen’s role of translating the British empire into the commonwealth.
“I would say that was a tremendous transition and very much a positive one. She presided over the way countries became independent after the second World War and then joined the commonwealth from choice. I think that’s important as well,” she told CNN on Friday.
Pierce said the Queen didn’t have any executive action and she wasn’t a government official.
“She was a constitutional monarch. She’s not directly responsible in that sense for what has happened,” Pierce said.
“You can’t pretend to have a different history. The thing to do is confront the history in all its good things and its bad,” she added, saying her thoughts in the moment mirror the sentiments of Boris Johnson during the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Published: 12 September 2022.
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The two events that are usually used by historians to signify the end of the British Empire are the Independence of India in 1947 or the end of British rule in Hong Kong in 1997.
Queen’s greatest achievement was translating the British empire into the commonwealth.
She did not erase the history unlike some countries who tried to erase or destroy their past religious, racial or political history. Instead she confronted the history.