The queen is dead: Countries consider breaking from British crown now Elizabeth's reign is over

Flowers, notes and stuffed Paddington Bears laid to honor Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are seen in Green Park near Buckingham Palace in London, England on September 12, 2022
  • The British monarch is head of state of 14 independent countries.
  • Several are considering cutting ties with the crown now that Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is over.
  • Scandals and passage of time have diminished monarchy’s standing, especially among younger people.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s eyes grew teary and his voice cracked with emotion as he informed his fellow countrymen of the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

“Canada is in mourning,” he said solemnly. “She was one of my favorite people in the world.”

Many Americans may not realize it, but Canada is still tied to the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth served as Canada’s head of state for nearly half of its time as a country and remained a popular figure among Canadians right up until her death on Sept. 8 at age 96.

Her popularity, however, did not translate to the monarchy itself. Fifty-eight percent of Canadians polled by Ipsos just a few days after the queen’s death said the time has come for Canada to hold a referendum on ending its formal ties to the British throne.

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