After ample anticipation, the Platinum Jubilee is finally here, and it is history in the making. This week royal aficionados around the globe will celebrate the groundbreaking 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history who has steadfastly led the U.K. and the Commonwealth through seven decades’ worth of ups and downs.
When the Queen’s reign ends—may it be years and years from now—the monarchy will change dramatically, leading royal historian Hugo Vickers tells Page Six. So, in a way, the Jubilee is a moment in time, one we will never see again—the last hurrah like this before significant change happens.
“If you think about it, this will be the last really huge time to celebrate the Queen publicly and thank her,” Vickers says. “This has been an extraordinary golden age that she has presided over, and things will change dramatically at a certain point, so I think these few days will be really important. Everyone must get out and celebrate her.”
Now, let’s certainly not write the Queen off just yet: according to The Daily Express, despite physical mobility issues, Her Majesty’s power is as strong as it has ever been.
“The Queen is beloved worldwide, she is respected by world leaders, she has overseen the monarchy with such grace, class, wit, and charm that she needs to utter only a few words for them to have a great impact, perhaps even more now than ever before,” says reputation management expert Eric Schiffer. “She can communicate with rare efficiency. While the volume of her public appearances may go down, her impact and power and effect perhaps is at its strongest point ever.”
So, Vickers says, despite many attempts at veering headlines away from the Queen—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew, for starters—this week should be all about her.
“I would like to hope that it will all be focused on her,” he says. “The fewer distractions there are, the better, frankly.”
Well said, and God Save the Queen.
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.