An expression, derived from various forms of mythology and history.

Generally is used to describe the transience of power, and how what was once great is now gone, replaced by something new and (temporarily) great. It is meant to give us perspective, but we seem to keep ignoring it.

The King is dead. Long live the king,” is the cry traditionally heard, or said upon the death of a British monarch, queen being used instead of king when appropriate. Its first use is unknown, but is probably thirteenth century. It refers to the fact that when a monarch dies the next in line is instantly the ruler of the kingdom.

The phrase may be used on the same occasion in other monarchies.

slated to be re-written

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