In 1992, the Queen insists that her family should pay tax, in order to be seen as 'doing their bit'. But there are family problems. Frisky daughter-in-law Sarah has left Prince Andrew and ended up on tabloid front pages in a saucy pose with her financial advisor. This leaves unhappy Princess Diana, betrayed by her husband Charles, gaining public sympathy through a book and television interview. Once more public opinion seems to want the end of the monarchy and, to add to Elizabeth's problems, part of Windsor Castle burns down. 1992 truly turns out to be her 'annus horribilus' with the marriage of Charles and Diana, which once seemed so romantic, coming to an end.- Written by don @ minifie-1
The year of the Queen's silver jubilee, 1992, should have been a happy one. Instead, it turned into what the Queen later referred to as her "annus horribilis". The first of her troubles was the deteriorating marriage of her second son Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Photos of Fergie cavorting topless around the pool filled the pages of the tabloids and their formal separation was later announce. Of greater impact however was the deteriorating marriage of the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana. The Queen did her best not to interfere in the marriages of her children but it was apparent to everyone that all was not well. Andrew Morton's book - and its serialization in the Sunday Times - was the beginning of the end. Her now famous television interview, where she said there were three people in her marriage, was the beginning of the last act. Somehow, the fire at Windsor castle and the ensuing debate about whether taxpayers should foot the repair bill, brought home that 1992 would be a year best forgotten.- Written by garykmcd
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