October 2022
Vol 43 No 10
The first of our tributes to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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Ingrid Seward
Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine
Ingrid is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent writers and commentators on the royal family and has published over 15 books and contributed numerous articles to publications worldwide. Ingrid is in the unique position of knowing many members of the royal family personally and through Majesty enjoys a special relationship with the Royal Household.
Letter from the Editor

As Queen Elizabeth II takes her place in history we will remember her for the person she was, not the institution she represented. Humility and duty sat comfortably alongside her unique brand of humour and the rituals she knew so well that are so much part of the monarchy. She was upheld by her deep Christian faith until the end when she passed away in her Aberdeenshire home. It was appropriately the one place on Earth she felt tranquility, regardless of the variances of nature.

Death was unexpected, as it often is, despite it waiting in the wings. The Queen’s children were caught off guard in various parts of the country and only her son and heir, now King Charles III, and her daughter, the Princess Royal, made it to her side in time.

The void the Queen leaves behind is immeasurable. Her family, her household, her ladies-in-waiting, her estate workers, her friends and her people were not ready to say goodbye. She lived and reigned in an age of the most significant change the world has ever witnessed and most had never known another monarch. Her face was the most familiar in the world. Her brightly coloured coats and hats, worn with patent leather shoes, were instantly recognisable along with the trademark handbag carried on her left arm. Her voice from girlhood to old age dropped a few octaves but remained essentially the same, full of well-rounded vowels and crisp utterances.

She was not only the longest-living and longest-reigning monarch; she was the most loved. The extraordinary affection in which she was held was illustrated over and over again by the huge crowds that gathered at every opportunity where they might glimpse her coffin, whether it be in the remoteness of the Highlands or the muted pace of the procession along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Then she came south on a lumbering RAF transporter and was placed in a new state hearse for her journey into the capital city where she was born 96 years ago. Her people stood outside their cars along the A40 Western Avenue in pouring rain, heads bowed, mostly silent but with occasional ripples of applause. 

Her journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall the following day, with all the pomp and ceremony this country could muster for a monarch of such magnitude, was the most heart-breaking of them of all. The crowd, once again solemn but unbowed, was a silent stream of reverence as people took their places behind barriers for a last glimpse of their Queen as she passed by. The sunlight caught the St Edward’s sapphire – said to have been worn by St Edward the Confessor and discovered in his tomb in 1163 – in the cross of the Imperial State Crown. The crown was made for the coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, and was worn by Her Majesty for the State Opening of Parliament until recent years. 

It was not the sapphire but Queen Elizabeth II herself who was the jewel in the crown. We will miss her.

This Issue's Features
THE LONG GOODBYE: The death of the Queen and the splendid pomp and pageantry that followed her passing, by Ingrid Seward
THE KING’S SPEECH: His Majesty addresses the nation and Commonwealth for the first time as sovereign
ELIZABETH R: The remarkable life and times of Britain’s much-loved and longest-reigning monarch, by Laura Elston
MY HUSBAND & I: Elizabeth and her beloved Philip, a devoted couple who were separated after 73 years of happy marriage
THE WORLD IN MOURNING: Kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers pay tribute to Her Majesty and send condolences to her family
FINAL YEARS: Lockdown and then ill-health meant that the Queen was forced to disappear from public view, says Victoria Murphy
GOD SAVE THE KING: Charles III and the role for which no other heir to the throne has been better prepared, by Laura Elston
Our round-up of photographs shows royal families of the world at work and play
Robert Golden reflects on various aspects of regal life, both ancient and modern

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