UNL professor talks future of British monarchy after Queen Elizabeth II’s death

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Every detail of the events after the death of Queen Elizabeth II has been planned for years.

In the next days, Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is expected to be flown from Scotland back to London.

As her son – now King Charles III – becomes the head of state, people are asking what is next for the British monarchy.

UNL history professor emeritus Carole Levin specializes in European history and queenship.

She said these are hard times for Britain.

Looking forward, the new king needs to unify his family and the people.

“I don’t know if he has his mother’s skills of warmth and bringing people together,” Levin said.

“With England’s terrible financial issues, I think one of the things that Charles needs to do, and I think he’s been thinking about, it is what are ways that he cannot be so extravagant as earlier monarchs would have?”

Levin said people in the United States can learn from the queen’s ability to unify people.

As the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign spanned 14 U.S. presidencies.

“I think Elizabeth II did it more brilliantly than virtually any king,” Levin said.

If you are interested in learning more about the British monarchy and its queens, Levin will be speaking about her book “The Reign and Life of Queen Elizabeth I” on Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Francie & Finch Bookshop Finch near 13th and O Streets.

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