Elizabeth II is the longest serving monarch in British history. She dedicated herself to lifelong service to the ‘great imperial family’ by which she meant the British empire. By the time of her death, Elizabeth was head of state in 14 countries besides the UK. She is often credited with the decline of the empire, but she retained her international footprint and reinforced it by traveling more than any of her predecessors. As she got older, she cut back on international travel but called on her eldest son, Prince Charles, to represent her instead. As a result, the British republican movement gained little traction during her reign except for two periods of her reign, which she described as her Annilis, or ‘terrible’ Two of her children, Charles and . . .