Royal & Relative Generations
The death yesterday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother aged 101, highlights the more disparate structure of relatives which emerges from increased life expectancy. Seven weeks ago she attended the funeral of her daughter and five years ago the funeral of her grandson's wife (Princess Diana) who otherwise may have lived to see one of her sons become king. Fifty years ago she attended the funeral of her husband, King George VI.
In the first half of the 20th century, deaths from world wars created dislocated hierarchies of relatives and women without partners. In the 21st century, the pattern may be similar but created more by long tail distributions of life times and the lack of permanency of matrimony.
Posted Monday, 1 April 2002
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