Hang out the bunting!

ere’s celebratio­n in the air this issue as the Queen becomes the rst British monarch to reign for 70 years. In this Platinum Jubilee special we look back at her magni cent reign through seven iconic portraits

( e Queen through the decades, p25); we speak to the Queen’s hatter about the excitement of a royal commission (Last Word, p82); and we cherry-pick the best of the royal exhibition­s, events and Jubilee teas ( e Bulletin, p9).

One of England’s nest stately homes, Blenheim Palace, is celebratin­g a big anniversar­y of its own this summer ( e

rst Churchill, p35); while Seaton Delaval Hall, once home to a Georgian family known for their parties and practical jokes, is being restored to its former glory ( e drama of the Delavals, p44).

And as ever, we visit some of Britain’s loveliest regions, including one of my favourites: Exmoor (Lyrical landscapes, p14). is wildly beautiful patchwork of moorland, dramatic coast and timeless villages inspired some of our best-loved poets, and can’t fail to have the same e‹ect on fellow romantics today.

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Cover image: Thatched cottages in Exmoor © Joana Kruse/Alamy
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