Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday (September 8).
The Royal Family announced the queen “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. World leaders mourned her death, but many Twitter users were celebrating the end of the British monarch’s 70-year reign.
Countless jokes, memes and reflections on colonialism flooded Twitter in response to Queen Elizabeth’s death.
Former MLB star Reggie Jackson was among the notable names who joked about Queen Elizabeth’s death. He referenced his memorable cameo in the movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! In the film, Jackson gets hypnotized as part of a plot to kill the queen.
“Now we all know I was innocent!” Jackson wrote following Queen Elizabeth’s death. “Amen! RIP Queen E!”
Amid all the Twitter jokes, Nicki Minaj paid her respects to the queen. The Republic Records rapper briefly stopped promoting the “Queen Mix” of her single “Super Freaky Girl” to do so.
“RIP, QUEEN,” Nicki Minaj wrote.
But Nicki Minaj’s politeness was nothing compared to the criticism and mockery on social media.
Check out some of the reactions to Queen Elizabeth’s death below.