Britain And Its Former Colonies Debate The Monarchy’s Future After Elizabeth

For many in the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth was synonymous with the monarchy. As she’s laid to rest, King Charles faces a potentially “existential” challenge in convincing the British and global public that the monarchy is a force for good, according to historian Dan Jones.

That may be a difficult task in the Commonwealth, a group of 56 countries connected in part by a history of British colonial rule. Many see the monarchy as inextricably linked to the injustices of that colonial system.

Jones talks to NPR’s Rachel Martin about the Queen’s legacy and the shoes Charles must now fill.

Jamaican member of Parliament Lisa Hanna explains why she believes the monarchy is at a crossroads and must use this moment to correct historical wrongs committed by the British Empire against people of the Caribbean.

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