As the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death reverberates around the world, GRAZIA USA is remembering the longest-reigning British monarch with seven commemorative covers — paying tribute to each decade the Queen spent on the throne.
Following her death, Prince Charles — now King — immediately assumes the throne, but before the coronation and a new reign begins, the extraordinary sense of loss will not only be felt in Britain but around the world.
Ever since Elizabeth became Queen in 1956, the monarch remarkably never fell victim to the pitfalls that wealth and privilege can bring. She was fiercely dedicated to protecting the institution — something she undoubtedly learned after her uncle, Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, leaving her father George VI next in line. She exemplified quintessentially British values, like the famous British reserve and unique sense of humor, which has been a constant in her people’s lives throughout her seven-decade reign.
Look back at each era with GRAZIA’s special tribute covers — and pick up a commemorative copy of our Fall issue, hitting newsstands the first week of October.
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