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Separate the Queen's Legacy From the Monarchy | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Armstrong Williams during a Newsweek episode of The Debate about Queen Elizabeth II and monarchies. You can listen to the podcast here:

No one should ignore the history of the monarchy and colonialism; people died in pillages, and artifacts and jewelry were stolen. And you should never forget the truth about that.

But I think sometimes it is really the monarchy versus the Queen. The Queen came to power in the '50s, after the the buildup of colonialism. It was beginning to sort of dissipate, and beginning to tear itself down. Yes, obviously, she could do more. But… she was serving. And so I think people understand that.

In the UK it is drilled down in you that the hierarchy is the thing is the highest; the Queen, the royal family, that is it. That is the highest form of respect.

A Royal Farewell
London First Battalion Grenadier Guards carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II out of Westminster Abbey after a state funeral service on September 19. Huge crowds, including approximately 500 world leaders, gathered to pay tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch and watch the royal procession escort her casket through the streets. The Queen’s final resting place is in King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle alongside her late husband, Prince Philip. Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

So sometimes you were torn between the mother figure that you've seen all your life, and the figure that was that just pillaging and tearing your countries in parts of the Caribbean apart. But I think people are able to separate the two, the monarchy versus the Queen. I think people have reverence for the Queen. They don't necessarily have reverence for the monarchy and what it represents. I think they're able to separate the queen from that.

Armstrong Williams is host of the Armstrong Williams Show on WJLA in Washington DC

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