As the world mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in the history of the UK, I want to turn to a video from a British Airways flight that so poignantly captures how the nation is processing her loss.
British Airways Captain Somberly Announces Death Of Queen Elizabeth Onboard Flight
There are certain events we will always remember in our lifetime. I’ll always remember where I was when the U.S. Supreme Court handed the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. When 9/11 occurred. During Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nation attempting to justify the war in Iraq. When the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina. The nights Barack Obama (2008) and Donald Trump (2016) became the president-elect. The days that Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.
For my parents’ generations, those memorable events include the Kennedy Assassination, moon landing, the day Walter Cronkite condemned the Vietnam War, Challenger explosion, fall of the Berlin Wall, and death of Princess Diana.
And now I have a new memory that will forever be seared in my memory: the moment Queen Elizabeth II died as I was stepping into my car to drive to the gym this morning in Los Angeles.
Some were on airplanes when this occurred and a poignant video captured onboard a British Airways flight summarizes the grief that many are feeling over the death of Her Majesty.
— Michael Capiraso (@mcapiraso) September 9, 2022
Notice the flight attendant crying, a touching reaction to the passing of a monarch who reigned far longer than she had been alive.
Some people still try to unplug on airplanes, and I do this too occasionally. It’s therapeutic and I hate it when pilots will announce sports scores from the flight deck. But this is different. This is somehow fitting. This is the sort of news that cannot be tuned out, especially when it concerns her subjects.
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If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know that I was an ardent admirer of the Queen and as the United Kingdom embarks upon 10 days of mourning with a speech from King Charles III to the nation later today, we will be covering the Queen’s life and death from many different angles in the days to come.
image: British Airways