Today’s writing prompt is based on the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II and mourning a monarch. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Mourning a Monarch
For today’s writing prompt, imagine you’re at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral or watching it on the television. Write your internal monologue, or what you’re thinking and feeling as you’re witnessing the event. Try to write at least three paragraphs.
If you want to get even more creative with this writing prompt, imagine you’re a royal family member and write an internal monologue from one of their perspectives, as they’re attending the queen’s funeral.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
Mourning a Monarch, by K.E. Creighton
The queue to get into the cathedral to see Her Majesty’s coffin was wide and long. My friend Anna insisted I come to pay my respects with her today. So here I am, underneath centuries-old arches and stained glass, shuffling my feet along.
Before coming inside this holy place, I was apathetic and annoyed with the crowds and delays, if I’m being honest. But once inside, I felt an intense wave of stillness. And I started to feel somber and pensive… yet hopeful in a way— trailing the mood of history, as well as the crowd surrounding me.
Now as I consider this current mood and pocket of history I’m standing in, of the monarch and her post-colonial role, I’m conflicted. Is it possible to forget such a legacy? Such activity? Such duty? Is it possible to see her as a woman first, deserving of sincere and affectionate condolences? A woman with a family and a past that’s heavily documented in all its volumes?
The queue of mourners shifts me forward along with my mood. I begin to see the Royal Standard draped over the coffin from a few feet away. Its bright colors contrast the scene of mourning.
As we approach the coffin, I wonder if it’s really possible to know a queen, personally, as I bow my head in a moment of silence to pray. Then, just like that, Anna and I are outside in the fresh air again. The queue of mourning is no longer.
[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]
Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt
As a citizen of the US, I’m not really sure how I feel about the monarchy in England, if I’m being honest. I do wonder, however, how often a monarch is looked at as a human first and a ruler or someone with power and money second. They do breathe the same air the rest of us do, after all.
I also wonder how people are feeling about the monarchy in general, in a post-colonial world, and what that means for Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy and reign. What will history have to say about her reign 100 years from now, that is, if the planet is still around?
One of the queen’s well-known quotes at the bottom of this post is interesting to consider, as well. While hate and destruction aren’t desirable, is it possible to avoid them (especially destruction) when maintaining a monarchy or building an empire? I’m not so sure …