Town & Country (UK)
The idea of Britishness is a changing one: as elusive as the silvery light on the seas that surround us; as contrary as a sudden squall on a summer’s day. But along with the oft-cited values of tolerance, and a belief in democracy and fair play, the nation’s identity includes a streak of rebellion, as well as respect; a willingness to create new traditions, at the same time as honouring our legacy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our love of Royal pageantry, which combines ancient ceremonies with a capacity for unexpected change. Hence the young Queen Victoria took the initiative in proposing to Prince Albert, and introduced what was then a novel fashion for wearing white bridal gowns on her own wedding day; while the forthcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reflect the fact that the Windsors are welcoming a feisty feminist into the family, who will not remain silent at the reception, but make her own speech. All of which is to be expected from an independent woman who has declared: ‘With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.’
At Town & Country, we are swift to celebrate the grandeur, romance and beauty of this scepter’d isle, as is evident in all our stories, which explore the most iconic and breathtaking of British landscapes. But so, too, do we seek to add a dash of daring and wit – as in our latest cover story, featuring the Lancashire-born Agyness Deyn, atop the roofs of Hampton Court Palace. Deyn first made her name more than a decade ago, as fashion’s reigning queen of Cool Britannia, thereafter proving her worth as a bold and compelling actress; and her courage was clear for all to see when she agreed to clamber above the chimney-pots of the historic palace (as did the T&C team, including our fearless photographer Richard Phibbs).
So, here’s to audacity and ardent creativity; and to our hopes for the future, threaded through with a love of the past. This is our version of Britishness – light as a wren’s feather, fresh as spring bluebells, yet anchored in the deep earth of the realm. Don’t miss the chance to save 33 per cent on the cover price and receive a set of 4 Alpha-h Skin Serums worth £49.99 when you subscribe to Town & Country. See page 77 for details