Queen Elizabeth II, the personality that the memory liked to tease

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Queen Elizabeth II, the personality that loved to tease the memory

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip went to the parade of the mounted guards in London, June 11, 2016. This suit, the color of a green screen that is used for photo and video montages on TV or at the cinema, is the source of one of the monarch's most popular memes.

From her “green screen” garb to her great-grandson Louis's public tantrum, Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96, was often the breeding ground for meme masters. . If these often funny and harmless images have long reigned online, they are likely to be buried with Her Majesty, according to popular culture specialist Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

A few hours after the news of the queen's death fell, the meme pages remained timid, and the hour seemed to be contemplative, according to Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

It is a period of calm and respect that we see. I'm amazed, because the absence of limits is felt very quickly, normally, and it doesn't take long for people to make the worst joke, or go as far as possible towards the extremes, underlines Jean-Michel Berthiaume, doctoral student in semiological studies.

It is in the image, finally, of the treatment that the followers of the meme generally reserved for Queen Elizabeth II.

“There are jokes that have been made, sure, but rarely vulgar or offensive. Above all, there was a form of understanding, because she was still a 96-year-old lady. He was not an ordinary old man, but an extraordinary one. »

— Jean-Michel Berthiaume

For example, one of the most famous memes of the late monarch was created when she wore a plain green suit in public, the same color as the green screens used to make photo or video montages. The twittersphere was then inflamed, replacing the bright color with a pattern of pizza, Hello Kitty or even a Batman costume.

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Her Majesty has also been compared to a chess piece. If the king can only eat his opponents from the sides, the queen can attack them from all angles.

Images of her in the age of the dinosaurs, to illustrate his long reign, have also circulated extensively on the sidelines of his 70th anniversary of the throne.

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The web has long believed that the queen is immortal, and has made several memes of it.

And what about the recent meme of his great-grandson Louis having a fit next to the leading lady, who couldn't hold back her smile, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the middle of the Platinum Jubilee ceremony ?

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Front attacks on the image of the queen were very rare, again according to popular culture specialist Jean-Michel Berthiaume. If the monarchy was to be attacked, someone else bore the burden, he said.

To the question of whether the memes of the late queen will survive her death, Jean-Michel Berthiaume is skeptical. Since there will be no more image renewals, meme masters will have to rely on existing photos, unless they dig through the archives and bring up never-before-seen photos with memiable potential.

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“In my opinion, every queen meme that could be made has been made. I tend to think that's kinda the end of it.

—Jean-Michel Berthiaume

In the coming days, he still believes that posthumous images could still arise.

Facebook pages of corgi dogs have paid tribute in particular to one affectionately known as The Corgi Queen – the monarch owned around 30 of these dogs during her reign.

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Elizabeth II wasn't just Queen of England, she was also called online the queen of corgis dogs.

Thursday evening, more incisive montages began to circulate, referring to Princess Diana, for example, waiting firmly in the afterlife.< /p>

On Twitter, the Irish community, which has a difficult relationship with royalty, was inflamed at the announcement of the fragile state of health of the queen on Thursday morning. Once her death was announced, images calling for respect took up a lot of space on this side of the web, as if, once dead, she became human again, suggests Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

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This, however, failed to contain everything. In a meme that became very popular on Thursday evening, and widely shared also within the black and First Nations community, a group is seen dancing in front of Buckingham Palace with the song Another One Bites the Dust .

The successor to the throne, King Charles III, is much less popular with the public than Elizabeth II was.

“We know [what is] the line of succession to the throne, but we don't know [what is] the line of succession to the meme.

— Jean-Michel Berthiaume

The tone could thus change online, with edgier memes.

Charles is bearer of much less decorum than the queen could be, points out Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

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Charles III is already the target of memes.

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