Curse of the Queen’s Jayanti


It is not surprising that after 70 years of the throne, the Queen has had to endure royal disputes.

But Britain’s long reign seems to have faced more than her fair share – her most important milestones have been damaged by scandal and tragedy.

The Queen's Jayanti celebrations over the last 70 years have been ruined by scandal and tragedy

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The Queen’s Jayanti celebrations over the last 70 years have been ruined by scandal and tragedyCredit: Getty

Each of her Jayanti celebrations should be events to remember – but her silver, ruby, golden and diamond years have all gone down in history for the wrong reasons.

From a royal divorce to a castle fire, the King has covered himself with heartache, impropriety and humiliation since his enlistment in February 1952.

And seven decades later Her Majesty still seems to be gearing up for her worst year.

As the 95-year-old prepares to recognize his platinum jubilee, we look back at the curse.

1977 – Silver

Address of the Queen's Silver Jubilee

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Address of the Queen’s Silver JubileeCredit: Rex
Princess Margaret in 1952 and Captain Peter Townsend

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Princess Margaret in 1952 and Captain Peter TownsendCredit: Getty
Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones after the announcement of their engagement

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Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones after the announcement of their engagementCredit: AP1960

Her sister Margaret and then-husband Anthony Armstrong Jones announced their separation in 1976 as the Queen set out to celebrate her 25-year reign.

The split – the first senior royal divorce since Henry VIII in the 1500s – hung over the king the following year, before he was officially divorced in 1978.

She had already dealt with Margaret’s relationship and brief engagement with married Royal Air Force officer Captain Peter Townsend, before announcing she would marry photographer Anthony.

Rumors of a close friendship with Margaret’s 17-year-old man later surfaced after she posted photos of him swimming in tabloids.

The Princess was vacationing with Toyboy Roddy Llewellyn on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

He then made a statement about the pictures: “I am sorry for Her Majesty the Queen and any embarrassment caused to the royal family. I wish to express great respect, admiration and loyalty to them.”

1992 – Ruby

The Queen looked like a prankster after giving her 'Annus Horibilis' speech

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The Queen looked like a prankster after giving her ‘Annus Horibilis’ speechCredit: Getty
In 1992, hours after the big fire started at Windsor Castle

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In 1992, hours after the big fire started at Windsor CastleCredit: AP
King holding her hand to her face as firefighters escort her around Windsor Castle damaged by fire

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King holding her hand to her face as firefighters escort her around Windsor Castle damaged by fire
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their last official tour in the Republic of Korea

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their last official tour in the Republic of KoreaCredit: Getty

Fifteen years later and a number of other royal scandals, the queen marked her 40th anniversary on the throne by enduring the “annus horibilis” or horror year.

In his Ruby Jubilee speech, he said: “1992 is not the year I look back at the pure joy.

“In the words of my more compassionate reporter, it turned out to be ‘Annus Horribilis’.”

Her markings refer to the collapse of her three children’s marriages and other going home.

Prince Andrew’s former wife Sarah Ferguson was at the center of a scandal that shook the royal family when she was caught in a compromise with her financial adviser in St. Tropez.

The couple split after Texan millionaire John Brian Fergie posted pictures of Fergie’s toes kissing, four years later before announcing the end of their marriage.

In the same difficult year, the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, divorced her husband, Captain Mark Phillips, after nearly three decades of separation.

She became the first child of a British king to remarry later that year after tying the knot with Timothy Lawrence.

While dealing with the tribulations of her children’s love life, the Queen faced her own heartache as she rose in the flames of Windsor Castle.

The 12-hour fire caused an estimated £ 36.5 million worth of damage after it ignited in its private chapel.

In November, the King delivered his “Annus Horibilis” speech, but the third and final royal split in December, which was the downfall of December, was more painful.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated after a messy marriage that was overshadowed by business rights.

The Princess of Wales has also released a biography of Dusty – Diana: Her True Story – for the first time the senior royal reveals the secrets behind the palace doors and Charles’s relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

2002 – Golden

His Majesty is speaking at the Guildhall as part of his Golden Jubilee celebration

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His Majesty is speaking at the Guildhall as part of his Golden Jubilee celebrationCredit: AFP
Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Queen

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Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and QueenCredit: Getty
Her Majesty and Prince Philip left Westminster Abbey after the Queen's mother's funeral

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Her Majesty and Prince Philip left Westminster Abbey after the Queen’s mother’s funeralCredit: AFP

Some British monarchs have achieved a 50-year reign, so the queen’s golden jubilee year must be special.

And when it was celebrated internationally with joy, the king was given heartache twice when her sister and mother died within weeks of each other.

Margaret, 71, was paralyzed and died in her sleep on Feb. 9, and the Queen’s mother died at the age of 101 on March 30, seven weeks later.

After the tragedy, the Queen said: “Over the years I have met many people who have had to deal with family loss, sometimes in the most tragic circumstances.

“So I think it was my good fortune that my mother blessed a long and happy life.

“She had an infectious passion to live, and it stayed with her until the end. I know her faith has always been a huge force for her.”

Both deaths came to attention when the Queen’s son Charles ordered his youngest child, Harry, to attend rehab.

The young prince, who was only 17 at the time, was ingesting marijuana and drinking heavily, so his father packed him into the detox clinic for a day.

The Palace’s statement confirmed that Harry had agreed to visit Featherstone Lodge in London “to learn about the potential consequences” of drug use.

2012 – Diamond

First page showing Prince Harry naked at a party in Las Vegas

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First page showing Prince Harry naked at a party in Las VegasCredit: News Group Newspapers Limited
Harry enjoys a drink at the Jubilee Block Party in Belize in 2012

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Harry enjoys a drink at the Jubilee Block Party in Belize in 2012Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Queen waving her hand after making a speech marking her diamond jubilee

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The Queen waving her hand after making a speech marking her diamond jubileeCredit: AFP

Harry further humiliated his family when they were partying naked at a bash in Las Vegas.

The then 27-year-old prince struck Starkers during a strip billiards game in his hotel suite.

An anonymous fellow at the time said: “When we came to the party, nobody asked about our phones or anything about us.

“It was obvious people were taking pictures.”

The Queen never commented directly on the pictures, but she was dragged into the drama when Harry confessed that he had “let himself and his family down.”

After much royal photography confusion later that year, Closer Magazine published a photo of William’s wife, Kate Middleton, on topless sunbathing.

The couple stayed at a private holiday home in the south of France.

The owner of the glossy mag and its editor ordered the Duchess of Cambridge to pay £ 41,000 in damages.

Kensington Palace said at the time: “The incident was a serious breach of privacy and his Royal Highness felt it was imperative to follow all legal remedies.

“They want to make the point that this kind of unfair intrusion shouldn’t happen.”

When the diamond jubilee celebrations finally took place, the Queen and Philip spent four hours in the pouring rain during the rivalry.

The Duke ended up getting very cold, he was chilling and suffering from a suspected bladder infection, forcing him to miss a later celebratory concert at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty then had to enjoy the music alone – though the 12,000 public gathered – while the prince remained in the hospital watching.

2022 – Platinum

Prince Andrew's title of king and military has been removed

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Prince Andrew’s title of king and military has been removedCredit: AP
Buckingham Palace confirms that Andrew's military titles were taken from him

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Buckingham Palace confirms that Andrew’s military titles were taken from himCredit: Buckingham Palace
Prince Andrew, Virginia Giffrey and Ghislaine Maxwell

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Prince Andrew, Virginia Giffrey and Ghislaine MaxwellCredit: AFP

After another turbulent few years, the Queen endured even greater trauma surrounding the institution in 2021, when Meghan and Harry officially left the royal family and Prince Andrew’s sexual assault claims came to light.

But experts fear the next 12 months may be even worse for the king.

Not only is this the first full year she faces without her beloved husband, Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99, but Andrew, who is widely regarded as her “favorite” son, is facing a civil lawsuit against Virginia Giuffre for allegedly sexually abusing her. When she was a teenager.

This week, a judge ruled that the Duke was sensitive to a court battle with his rape accuser – and that the Queen stole his royal and military titles just hours later.

Andrew no longer uses his ‘His Royal Highness’ title – and confronts his US case as a “private citizen”, meaning he cannot hide behind royal privileges.

To make matters worse, grandson Harry is set to release an explosive autobiography detailing “lessons learned” and “facts” about Megxit.

It further highlights the split between the family, intensified by a bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey last year and several other tell-all interviews.

All in all, her words on the 40th anniversary of Her Majesty’s entry in 1992 seem to haunt her again 30 years later, as another Annus Horibilis may be in store.

Speaking online, royal expert Phil Dampier said Andrew’s legal troubles would hang over the queen, and the case would “cast a shadow” on their upcoming practices.



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