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Nationwide celebrations are planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year but the monarchy continues to grapple with significant challenges.It has been almost three decades since the Queen memorably summed up 1992 by calling it her “annus horribilis.” However, that famous phrase has enjoyed something of a revival for a full three years now as 2019, 2020, and 2021 all saw the monarch grapple with repeated setbacks, loss, and controversy

 

 

. So much so that we now begin 2022 with the notion that significant, often bitter, family divisions and a disgraced Prince facing sex abuse allegations are now an established part of the British royal story. At the same time, the 95-year-old sovereign, who has commanded so much respect for steadily steering the ship for decades, has lost her “strength and stay” and been forced to take her biggest step back so far from public life.

 

 

Yet, 2022 is gearing up to see the monarchy at the center of nationwide celebrations as Britain marks one the most significant milestones in royal history. The Queen reaching 70 years on the throne–a landmark she will pass in the early hours of February 6, 2022—makes her the first British monarch ever to have a Platinum Jubilee.

 

 

The central celebrations, planned for an extended weekend in June, have been billed by organizers as a “reopening ceremony” for the U.K. following COVID. However, just as the pandemic brings us repeated twists and turns that make large-scale gatherings an uncertainty, the monarchy also faces challenges that were not there when flags waved for the Diamond Jubilee a decade earlier.

 

 

Exactly how visible the Queen will be during the events remains unknown after she cancelled multiple appearances at the end of 2021 when doctors told her to rest. While there will undoubtedly be a huge desire from many to celebrate her regardless of how much she can be seen (polls in the UK show that she remains popular and that a vast majority of people think she has done a good job), if she is too unwell to take part it will mark another turning point.

 

 

British newspaper The Guardian recently pointed out how this jubilee “will be different” and in light of this called for a public conversation about what should come next. “The monarchy enjoys enviable public support, in part as the embodiment of national stability, but the public also wants it to be a modern monarchy, embodying today’s values. There is a need to talk about all this, and to talk about it before the change happens, not after it has already happened,” the editorial read.

 

 

But while everyone is hoping that the Queen will make it onto the Buckingham Palace balcony in June, the same cannot be said for her third child, Prince Andrew. The final days of 2021 saw him make headlines once again as his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of five out of the six charges in her sex trafficking trial. While the Duke of York was hardly mentioned in the trial and faces no criminal charges, the result undoubtedly turns up the heat on the pending civil case against him brought by Virginia Giuffre who has accused the Prince of sexual abuse.

 

 

 

As the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay wrote about the now infamous image showing Andrew with Ghislaine and Virginia, “Consider how it might now be captioned. From right to left, ‘the sex trafficker, the ‘sex slave’ and the Duke.”

 

 

Andrew is expected to find out this month whether the case will be thrown out (as his legal team have requested) or proceed to trial in New York. Meanwhile, his total erasure from royal public life continues. He was absent from the line-up of royals photographed attending church in Windsor on Christmas Day and also failed to make a public appearance at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday last year for the second time, despite still holding honorary military appointments.

 

 

 

Regardless of what happens with his civil lawsuit, Andrew’s reputation is already in tatters and it’s almost impossible to see how he can appear publicly at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations without causing significant controversy. But whether, and how, the legal action against him progresses this year will be defining for the monarchy.

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