The media coverage has been too much. I have had to avoid all news for the last two days, as there is nothing but coverage of the royal family and the reaction. The news presenters are really struggling to find things to say at the times and it's all rather embarrassing in that respect. I'm sure that the Queen would not have been amused by it. This is not to say that all the coverage is bad. When something of note is actually happening, it has been very good and it makes sense to cover specific events selectively, but this twenty-four hour wall-to-wall commentary is becoming rather annoying.
The most interesting and disturbing event that I have seen when I did briefly turn the news on to watch the headlines at the start was the moment when Charles was formally proclaimed king. This has never before been televised and it shocked me as to just how medieval the process is. The Privy Council (which includes current and former prime minsiters and other key individuals) essentially just has to confirm the new monarch. It's all incredibly bizarre and couldn't stop thinking about how out of touch this is with contemporary politics and how much money is being spent/wasted (interestingly to spend and to waste are the same verb in Spanish
) to put on this spectacle: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62860893
. All of this emphasises to me just how much the UK constitution needs to be a) modernised and b) codified.
Note that, like Pax, I'm not necessarily keen on replacing the monarchy with something else. I would just like to see the entire British political system to be modernised and made relevant for the 21st century. This medieval style pageantry does not do it for me. The Queen's death feels like the right moment to modernise, yet the current government will, in all probability, change absolutely nothing.
As for the Queen herself, I think that her death has shocked people simply because she has been Queen for so long and has often seemed to be immortal. It's also the timing. The UK is in a very bad place at the moment, despite the denials of the mendacious Brexiteers, and her death further taps into this sense of unease and loss of direction and identity for this country. She does deserve an appropriate send off and that should be televised, but it would good if they could just cut back on the non-stop coverage. I'm sure that she would not mind.