In 1947, a then 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth pledged her life, “whether it be long or short,” to the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth of nations. Five years later, her beloved father, King George VI, would be dead, and she would become queen. She’s been the monarch ever since.
That longevity is being celebrated during a long Platinum Jubilee weekend – Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5 – that has even the former colonies participating on this side of the Pond as well.
Bookworms have been snatching up copies of Tina Brown’s juicy, addictive “The Palace Papers,” the sequel to her “The Diana Chronicles,” as well as Michelle Morgan’s “When Marilyn Met the Queen,” which tells the clash-of-the-titans tale of Marilyn Monroe squaring off against Laurence Olivier during the making of “The Prince and the Showgirl” (1956) from a different point of view than Colin Clark’s “My Week With Marilyn,” made into a highly entertaining 2011 film with Michelle Williams as Monroe, Eddie Redmayne as Clark and Kenneth Branagh as Olivier. (Monroe, born June 1, 1926, was two months younger than the queen, whose actual birthday is April 21. Had Monroe had the queen’s advantages, she, too, might be alive today to be feted at 96.)
The Hamlet, a British store in Mount Kisco, will be celebrating Sunday, June 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. with food, beer and wine and a number of children’s activities, including a “pin the crown on the queen” game.
The rest of us will no doubt engage in the popular sport of who’s in and who’s out of royal favor. Will Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Andrew be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at all? Here’s what we do know:
In an age in which popes retire and monarchs abdicate in favor of the next generation, the queen keeps playing the long game in doing her duty to her country. That makes her perhaps the most glamorous senior in the workplace, offering inspiration to us all. And with dressmaker turned confidante and Windsor Castle roommate Angela Kelly at her side, her looks have finally caught up with her age – taking matchy-matchy ensembles in saturated colors, accented with square-heeled, black pumps, floral hats, gloves, pearls and pink lipstick – to a whole new plane.
Long may she reign.