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‘Not My Queen’- The harsh reality of a royal death on Instagram

With a hashtag amassing 1.7 million posts, the death of Queen Elizabeth has taken Instagram by storm. It is unsurprising, therefore, that there has been a corresponding influx of republican sentiment and the hashtag #notmyqueen, challenging those mourning her death. Should people be glorifying her reign and actions when she has arguably ruined the lives […]

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The Monarchy and Scotland

Whatever your position on the Royal Family may be, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II serves as a reminder to all of us of the fleeting nature of life and the immediacy of mortality. It binds us closer to our loved ones. The procession of the Queen’s body through these green lands has further highlighted […]

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The royal smiles of colonisation as a “charm offensive”: a joint response to the royal tour to the Caribbean

This article was originally submitted on April 7. Keisha Frimpong and Victoria Gothard wrote a joint response to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal tour to the Caribbean. The Royal Smiles of Colonisation William and Kate’s trip to Jamaica was not innocent, it was motivated by power and a hunger for control over the Caribbean. […]

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Four protesters along Edinburgh royal procession routes arrested for breaches of the peace

Four protesters have been arrested in Edinburgh in relation to breaches of the peace during royal processions following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The first arrest occurred on Sunday 11 September at the ceremony of the proclamation of the Prince Charles as the new King. As crowds gathered, a 22 year old student of […]

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University of Edinburgh to close on Monday for Queen’s state funeral

All teaching will be cancelled or rescheduled, and all University buildings will close for staff and students for non-essential business. The University of Edinburgh has announced in an email to all students and staff that the University will be closed on Monday 19 September for the Queen’s state funeral. All teaching, both online and in […]

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Spencer Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Even though she died a little over two decades ago, Princess Diana is one of the most mythologised figures in British history. Like Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Winston Churchill, Princess Diana is more of a symbol than a real person nowadays. Spencer attempts to grapple with the myth of Princess Diana, to […]

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Duke of Edinburgh, former Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, dies

The announcement was made with “deep sorrow” from Her Majesty the Queen about the passing of her “beloved husband” on Friday 9 April at midday.  An outpouring of condolences was seen following the news.  Boris Johnson, the prime minister, said Prince Phillip had “earned the affection of generations” and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer mourned […]

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Meghan’s treatment: adding to Britain’s long history of dog-whistle racism

CW: racismMany of you will have most likely seen the blatantly racist articles and rhetoric directed at Meghan Markle. Headlines such as “straight out of Compton” and “Harry to marry into gangster royalty” swept the nation leading up to the Royal wedding of 2018. The obvious racist undertones of these headlines speak for themselves. Despite […]