This is an informal, non-scripted conversation about layers of meaning in reactions to Queen Elizabeth II’s death in the metal community. Both Holly Royle and Anna Loppacher have their background in the social sciences, which shines through in how we talk about the topic. However, the conversation is neither a result of a scholarly study nor are its conclusions absolute or unchangeable. It is rather us sharing reflections as a starting point for further discussion. We look forward to continuing the conversation.