On Thursday, September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch in history, passed away peacefully. Studies have shown that she was a very popular and influential figure for hundreds of millions of people globally. Having a female ruler not only influenced women and girls alike but also influenced pop culture writers ranging from film/game directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers.
A lot of players of Chuhou Joutai may not even know this, but the traits and personalities of Crown Princess Konata are inspired by the late queen, given some of her motherly traits to series protagonist Susumu Takajima. That is just one example of a character being inspired by real-world royalty. There may be a number of original characters influenced by her, and I’m not sure how many I could name given if you do the research.
As the modern Elizabethan era came to a close, a lot of people are reflecting on what she did for the seventy years of her reign. Simply put, like my parents and brother, I was born during her reign. Television was starting to take off when her reign began in 1952. Video games weren’t even a thing back then as computers were in their infancy. Yes, arcades did exist but were mostly analog games such as pinball and claw machines. When the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977, the video game industry was starting to take off with games such as Pong and Breakout in arcades.
If you have something that was influenced by the Queen during her reign, don’t hesitate to tell it in the comments. And for Our late Majesty the Queen, thank you for everything you’ve done for your home country, the Commonwealth Realms, and the rest of the globe.