Six strange British reactions to the death of a famous person

IT’S said Britain does pomp and ceremony well, but we’re even better at being weird when the famous pass on. These are the typically abnormal responses:

Majorly inappropriate tributes

Look no further than Remembrance Sunday, when suburban front lawns are turned into dioramas of the Somme, complete with plastic skeletons as corpses. If a local takeaway announces a pizza with the words ‘RIP YOUR MAJESTY’ spelled out in pepperoni, do not be in any way surprised.

TV goes weird

Post-death, even largely forgotten 1950s comedians suddenly become national treasures. With the royals the BBC has a strict policy of overkill, reporting for hours on nothing happening. Meanwhile other channels give up on ratings to broadcast schedule-fillers, resulting in them commemorating tragic national events with repeats of The Persuaders.

You’re assumed to be part of the hive mind  

Everyone is distraught, with no exceptions. Our newspapers operate a lucrative grief machine so pretend it’s normal to be sobbing in the street at the death of someone you’ve never met. If you don’t, you’ll be called a traitor and someone on Twitter will genuinely want you sent to the Tower of London.

One of your relatives gets in on the act

You had no idea Auntie Clare was a huge fan of Olivia Newton-John, mainly because she wasn’t. However she will start saying she was ‘so talented’ or ‘they don’t make films like Grease anymore’. But we all want to feel part of something, and it’s better than her joining UKIP.

Historical revisionism

Not really applicable to the Queen, who was genuinely liked, but cast your mind back to Princess Di. She really wasn’t as popular as in 1981, and knocking around with tubby playboy Dodi didn’t help. Then everyone from Tony Blair to the Sun decided she was loved by all and above criticism. Dare to mention this in 2022 and you will be immediately cancelled.

The inevitable cash-in

After weeks of supposedly earnest grief over the death of a beloved figure, it’s time to monetise them. Naturally there will be the dishwasher-unsafe commemorative plates and mugs, but also the TV series and sick-making newspaper supplements. Be sure to buy some absolute tat like a Queen Elizabeth II TV remote control holder. It’ll be worth a lot of money in 50 years’ time, because the Chinese factory only made 12 million of them.

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Mail on Sunday souvenir supplement to exhaust resources of entire Earth

THE Mail on Sunday’s souvenir supplement commemorating Elizabeth II is to be so lavish it will fell every tree on the planet, the newspaper has confirmed.

The 80,208 page supplement, titled ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: A Life Well Lived And A Monarch Forever In Our Hearts’, will cover every single week in the monarch’s life in painstaking detail and contain every photo of her ever taken.

Every tree in the world is to be felled to make paper for the supplement, which will also consume all inks, wear out every printing press and burn out the hard drive of every computer on the planet.

Editor Julian Cook said: “Our parent organisation will be bankrupted in the production of this gargantuan supplement, which will sell for the normal cover price of £1.80.

“The entire banking system will also collapse due to the unpaid loans and pressure placed on it, as will all world governments. By midday on Sunday the earth will be a wasteland.

“Thus will material reality reflect how true Britons feels in their hearts following the loss of the Queen. The newspaper will also contain sudoku, the wordwheel and a Fred Bassett cartoon.”