Chinese netizens reacted to the queen’s death with expressions of sympathy, with many lamenting “the end of an era” even as they turned to humor and political frustration at their own leadership.
“She had a legendary and glorious life,” one Weibo user commented. “I hope she can rest in peace.”
“In my memory, she was always a lovely grandmother who always wore colorful costumes and umbrellas,” read another post.
The queen’s death also offered Chinese netizens a chance to express their political views.
“The empire on which the sun never sets finally saw the sun go down. She was the last symbol of colonialism,” said one Weibo user.
Others called on Chinese compatriots to commemorate Mao Zedong, who died on September 9, 1976.
Shortly after the news of the queen’s death, hundreds of netizens posted a sentence saying “He who should die is not dead”, an implicit criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Censors quickly deleted similar posts, some of which mentioned a song by Malaysian singer Fish Leong titled “It’s a shame it’s not you.”
Netflix Series The crownwhich follows the life of the Queen, was trending on Douban, a media database similar to the IMDb movie listing platform, ranking second among the most popular TV shows.
Hu Xijin, the former editor and columnist of the nationalist tabloid Global Times, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the former monarch.
“I want to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth. We wish him to rest in peace. She is friendly with China and, in my opinion, she maintained the last dignity of Britain,” he wrote, adding that in his memory, the Queen never “said or did what whether it is to antagonize the Chinese”.