University of Chicago British history expert weighs in on Queen Elizabeth funeral

Queen Elizabeth death: Monarch spent 70 years on the throne, during which much has changed

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Monday, September 19, 2022
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As Britain and the world said their final goodbyes to Queen Elizabeth II, British history experts say attention is now turning to the new era and the new King.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A professor of British history at the University of Chicago joined ABC7 Chicago Monday morning to weigh in on what Queen Elizabeth II's funeral means for people across the United Kingdom.

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The queen spent 70 years on the throne, Steve Pincus said, but the idea of the monarchy did change in that time.

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He said this is a moment of transition and celebration, as most people alive in the UK right now never knew another monarch.

There's also some uncertainty about how the monarchy will move forward.

"Charles is famously opinionated on a variety of issues," Pincus said, "and now he's gonna have to shift from being the Prince of Wales - somebody who could express opinions on a variety of subjects - to being someone who really keeps his opinions close to his vest, and sees and emerges as an apolitical symbol of British and commonwealth unity, which I think is going to be very challenging at this moment."

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Another big change will be currency, as the queen's face is currently on most coins and bills throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.

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