So it’s the 2nd December and Royal Central are back to let you open the next door on our very own Royal advent calendar.
The year that takes the spotlight in our second article is The Queen’s ‘Annus Horribilis’, 1992.
Firstly what did The Queen have to say?
And what happened in that year?
- 17th January- In a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attack near Omagh, seven construction workers are killed and seven more are injured.
- 8th February- Great Britain and Northern Ireland begin competing at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. They did not win any medals.
- 11th March- Prime Minister John Major announces that the General Election will be held on 9th April.
- 27th April- Betty Boothroyd becomes the first female to be elected as the Speaker of the House of Commons.
- 12th May- Plans are unveiled for a fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.
- 30th June- Margaret Thatcher takes her place in the House of Lords, nineteen months after resigning as Prime Minister.
- 21st July- British Airways announces a takeover of US Air.
- 27th August- Hugh McKiben becomes the 3,000th victim of the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.
- 30th September- The Royal Mint introduces a new ten pence coin which is lighter and smaller than the previous coin.
- 9th October- Two suspected IRA bombs explode in London – nobody was injured.
- 11th November- The Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.
- 1st December- The first episode of the children’s series The Animals of Farthing Wood airs on television.
But just what happened Royally?
- 6th February- Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Ruby Jubilee, marking 40 years since her accession to the throne.
- 19th March- Buckingham Palace announce that the Duke and Duchess of York are to separate after six years of marriage.
- 29th March- Diana, Princess of Wales’ father, John Spencer, 8th Earl of Spencer, dies suddenly from pneumonia.
13th April- Princess Anne announces her divorce from Captain Mark Phillips after 18 years of marriage. They separated in 1989.
- 7th June- A controversial new biography of Diana, Princess of Wales is published. It was written by Andrew Morton.
- 20th November- A fire breaks out at Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage. The same day that The Queen and Prince Philip were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.
- 24th November- The Queen describes 1992 as a ‘Annus Horribillis” in a speech to the Guildhall.
- 9th December- The separation of Prince Charles and Diana is announced after months of speculation.
- 12th December- Marriage of Princess Anne and Timothy Lawrence.
- 23rd December- The Queen’s Christmas message is leaked 48 hours before transmission.
So, as mentioned, Her Majesty The Queen described 1992 as her ‘Annus Horribilis’ in a speech to the Guildhall on 24th November. She was referencing the turbulent times she and her family had experienced over the past twelve months. See part of that speech below:
“1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be a ‘Annus Horribilis’. I suspect that I am not alone in thinking it so. Indeed, I suspect that there are very few people or institutions unaffected by these last months of worldwide turmoil and uncertainty. This generosity and whole-hearted kindness of the Corporation of the City to Prince Philip and me would be welcome at any time, but at this particular moment, in the aftermath of Friday’s tragic fire at Windsor, it is especially so”.
Anything you can add about 1992, be sure to let us know below!