1992 was not a sterling year for the royal family. Princess Anne divorced Mark Phillips. Prince Andrew separated from Sarah Ferguson, who would soon be caught in a topless-photo scandal. Princess Diana helped Andrew Morton write a tell-all about the state of her marriage, then saw her intimate “Squidgygate” phone conversations with James Gilbey published throughout the media, and separated from Prince Charles. And on top of everything else, in a wanton act of overcooked symbolism, Windsor Castle caught fire.
In a speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the Queen notoriously referred to 1992 as her “annus horribilis.” And yet, given her family’s newfound insistence on buggering everything up at every possible turn, you can’t help but wonder whether Her Majesty still feels the same way. If 1992 was an annus horribilis, then 2020 is shaping up to be a right old annus cacas for her.