Her Majesty The Queen died on 8 September 2022 and the great Elizabethan era has drawn to a sad, but inevitable end. As the bastion of British exceptionalism exits the stage after 70 incredible years of service, our nation enters a period of mourning. Our Queen Elizabeth tribute includes rare archive material from SPHERE and Illustrated London News for our Sphere readers.
An extraordinary woman and monarch, who would have preferred the life of farmer’s wife to Queen, devoted herself to her service to the country from the tender age of 21. She witnessed extraordinary changes to the nation and the world during her record reign. So great was her commitment, that she was still fulfilling crucial functions, frail and touchingly smiling, right up until the very end – bidding farewell to Boris Johnson and welcoming Liz Truss at Balmoral, her 15th Prime Ministerial appointment. It is some comfort that The Queen was able to participate in the historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer and was visibly moved to see how much she is revered and cherished throughout the world.