, 2023-01-01 01:53:59,
One would have to go back hundreds of years to find a king who ruled longer than Queen Elizabeth II.
During her 70 years on the throne, she helped modernize the monarchy through decades of massive social change, royal marriages and births, and family scandals. For most Britons, she was the only queen they had ever known.
Her death in September was arguably the most notable death of the year, prompting a collective outpouring of grief and respect for her steadfast leadership as well as some criticism of the monarchy’s role in colonialism. She has probably met more people than anyone else in history, and her image—on stamps, coins, and banknotes—is among the most reproduced in the world.
Other world leaders who will die in 2022 include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died in August. His efforts to revitalize the Soviet Union led to the collapse of communism there and the end of the Cold War. He eventually resigns after an attempted coup, just as the republics declare their independence from the Soviet Union.
The year also saw the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot during a campaign speech in July.
Other political figures who died this year include former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Northern Ireland first…
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