Blue Diamond reminds me a bit of Queen Victoria--who presided over a vast empire, and who plunged into decades of ostentatious (and absolutely sincere) mourning following the death of her husband Prince Albert.
You know what else I find striking about BD’s behaviour?
It’s odd to me that her grief and mourning is so clear to us because we got to see her in her private moments with Pink and Yellow Diamond. The thing is, gems around her like Holly Blue Agate don’t even consider what she does an act of mourning. She honestly thinks BD likes visiting the Zoo for kicks and because she so generously wants to preserve Pink’s memory out of duty.
And that sort of grieving is the most ostentatious because we’re led to believe in That Will Be All, that Blue hasn’t been doing her job. That Yellow finds herself picking up the slack more and more. Blue looks like she’s functioning but she isn’t. And because no one knows she’s not really working at what she’s supposed to, no one is making up for the gap in her duties.
A very volatile time for Homeworld indeed.