The day the queen died, I was presenting a webinar. The news broke a few hours before the session was scheduled to start. On a day that is considered historic, it felt weird not saying anything. But, I'm an American citizen. She's not my queen. Also, aside from the fact that royalty are highly photographed, there were no ties to the content I meant to cover.
I chose to not say anything. While I came to that decision on my own, I did discuss it with my colleagues and the webinar organizers. Everyone seemed to be of the same mind. Yes, this is a moment we'll remember, but there's really no need to offer a response.
The next day, I opted to walk over to the British Embassy because it's not far from where we live. I was just curious and had no real intentions in mind. The press were numerous. As it was early, I was one of the few "regular folks" there. Three reporters approached me at once to ask if I would like to share my comments. While I have "thoughts" about the Queen and the monarchy in general, I declined. I didn't feel the need to share those thoughts beyond discussions with those I know.
As a constantly online person, when certain things happen I always have the urge to respond. But I have a rule that I need to wait at least a few hours. What happens is that gut reaction often disappears and I find that my voice is not one that needs to share. Yes - certain things I will opine on but, more often than not, I find that it's best to not comment.
At what point do you comment on important events?