08 February 2022 - Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee message in full
Laura Elston (The Telegraph, 06/02/2022)
Tomorrow, 6th February, marks the 70th anniversary of my Accession in 1952. It is a day that, even after 70 years, I still remember as much for the death of my father, King George VI, as for the start of my reign.
As we mark this anniversary, it gives me pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.
As I look ahead with a sense of hope and optimism to the year of my Platinum Jubilee, I am reminded of how much we can be thankful for. These last seven decades have seen extraordinary progress socially, technologically and culturally that have benefitted us all; and I am confident that the future will offer similar opportunities to us and especially to the younger generations in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth.
To the Queen, on her 70 years of inspiring the world
Lee Cohen (The Hill, 06/02/2022)
Today marks a significant milestone in the life of a woman who has been a constant in the lives of nearly everyone in the world. Queen Elizabeth becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee — 70 years on the throne. As Americans, she’s not our queen, but in a sense, Elizabeth II transcends national borders. She is the world’s queen, whose example these seven decades is matchless, and whose value in our turbulent times is more evident than ever.
Over the course of her reign, Queen Elizabeth has had a particularly singular relationship with the United States, having hosted and received hospitality from every U.S. president with the exception of Lyndon Johnson. Her first stateside visit occurred in 1951, before she became queen, when Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were guests at the White House of President Truman. Biden is the 13th president to have met the queen.
How Queen Elizabeth II Changed the Monarchy—and Protected It For Future Generations
Iris Goldsztajn (Marie Claire, 06/02/2022)
Today, Feb. 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she first took the throne in 1952. As the United Kingdom’s longest reigning monarch (in second place, Queen Victoria reigned for an impressive 63 years), the Queen has seen the world change dramatically. Fans of The Crown will remember some of the most defining moments of the second Elizabethan era—from the last years of Winston Churchill’s government to the divisive Thatcherite era, from raising four children to Princess Diana’s difficult entry into the Royal Family, and 70 years of events in between.
As the Queen looks back on seven decades of rule—a bittersweet celebration since it also marks the anniversary of her father’s death, and her first Jubilee without her late husband—the Queen, 95, is also certainly looking to the future. So, how will the latter end of her reign play out? What will the Jubilee celebrations in June look like? What can we expect from Prince Charles' “slimmed-down” monarchy? How will the U.K. change under the Cambridges’ rule? And is the monarchy here to stay, or is it on its last legs? Experts reflect on the past 70 years, and on what the future holds for the House of Windsor.
Queen’s approval completes Camilla’s public image turnaround
Caroline Davies (The Guardian, 07/02/2022)
A once vilified royal mistress perceived as a threat to the stability of the monarchy, Queen Camilla, as she will be crowned, is now seen as a guarantor of that institution’s future smooth running.
The Queen clearly believes the Duchess of Cornwall possesses key traits of past successful consorts, such as quiet supportiveness and a determination not to outshine the principal.