The queen was a symbol of constancy and stability amid 70 years of change, and Hongkongers join the rest of the world in mourning her passing
“Grief is the price we pay for love”, said Queen Elizabeth, who died last Thursday at the age of 96 after more than 70 years of reign.
There is little doubt Hongkongers around the world join the peoples of the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth in mourning the death of our “boss lady”. The long, close bond between Hong Kong and the UK has endured after Hong Kong ceased to be a Crown colony in July 1997, even if Beijing and its new regime at Tamar say it never was one.
In mourning the loss of another person, we also mourn the loss of those parts of ourselves that person embodied. We mourn the loss of parts of our identity, of our sense of continuity with the past and an altogether uncertain future.