Considered the very reincarnation of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic and rebirth, Cleopatra, who really
believed in her divinity, died of a bruised ego. Defeated by Octavian at the Battle of Actium, the
last queen of Egypt chose to take her own life, at the age of 39 and supposedly offering herself as prey to a poisonous
serpent, as soon as she learned that the then future Roman emperor, Augustus, intended to display her in public as a prisoner of war.
Many centuries after the Ptolemaic odyssey, another queen closed with a golden key her reign of more than seven
decades, from which she departed through the front door thanks to the sometimes cold but notoriously effective and proper
behavior that made her the perfect antithesis of Marcus Aurelius' mistress: Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday (8) at the age of 96.
Her majesty treated her titles and honors as duties to be performed, had as her greatest virtues the royal belief that
above her there was only God, as well as her naturalness in dealing with the idea that, as a monarch, her
existence served to personify a nation - the United Kingdom, which had her as sovereign since February 6, 1952.
As for the fact that she really believed herself to be subordinate to a divine force, the British queen did not see this as a privilege, but rather
as a burden that she carried until the eve of her death. And it is to this pristine behavior of hers that the most famous
monarchy in the world owes its existence to this day, simply because all this time it has had a "royal varnish" given to it by Elizabeth II and her aura of
seriousness and grandeur, these characteristics being visible only in people who possess them by nature, and never in those who need to remind everyone all the time of the power they have.