Town & Country (UK)


- JUSTINE PICARDIE @townandcou­ntryuk @townandcou­ntry

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

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Agyness Deyn at Hampton Court Palace (page 90)
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