The death of Queen Elizabeth II is one of those special historical moments of near-universal feeling: a common, transcendent moment of grief, loss, and appreciation for a remarkable person.
Yet, there is a peculiarity about it all: why are so many affected by a person we have never met or known in any direct sense? And why do so many participate in the rituals of mourning and those welcoming a new monarch?
Of course, the role of a monarch in a media age helps answer these questions to some degree.
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