“I remain eternally grateful for, and humble by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me. And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me.
And so as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbours and communities – after some difficult times for so many of us – in order to enjoy the celebrations and to reflect on the positive developments in our day-to-day lives that have so happily coincided with my reign.”
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In 1952, at the beginning of the new reign, Vogue wrote:
“If the nation will follow her example – catch something of her enthusiasm and devotion, of her brave spirit and youthful vigour – we may indeed find we have moved into the glories of a second Elizabethan Age.”
Few would doubt that it came to pass; many would marvel that it has lasted so long.
The Crown in Vogue by Robin Muir and Josephine Ross is published on 6 October