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Here comes the Queen

The Queen has seemed a pitiable onlooker as the House of Windsor crumbles about her. But Rosalind Miles sees a powerful woman now galvanised to save the crown

By Rosalind Miles   May 1996

She is an unlikely feminist heroine. But she may be the one woman in Britain for whom the personal really is political. Four years ago, we owed the Queen a year-long jamboree for her 40 years on the throne. Instead, she had the “annus horribilis” of her sons’ wives’ scandals, and a dreadful fire in her favourite home. Last year these woes culminated with news, on her son’s birthday, of the “tell-all” Panorama broadcast. The programme was transmitted on the Queen’s own wedding anniversary. Next, she was fooled into a fake phone call with the Canadian prime minister by the…

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