Hang out the bunting! There’s celebration in the air this issue as the Queen becomes the first British monarch to reign for 70 years.
In this Platinum Jubilee special we look back at her magnificent reign through seven iconic portraits; we speak to the Queen’s hatter about the excitement of a royal commission; and we cherry-pick the best of the royal exhibitions, events and Jubilee teas.
One of England’s finest stately homes, Blenheim Palace, is celebrating a big anniversary of its own this summer; while Seaton Delaval Hall, once home to a Georgian family known for their parties and practical jokes, is being restored to its former glory. And as ever, we visit some of Britain’s loveliest regions, including one of our favourites: Exmoor 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 effect on fellow romantics today.
PLUS enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a two-night stay in beautiful Exmoor!
A taste of the issue…
Born 250 years ago, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one of many writers to be awed and inspired by the wild beauty of Exmoor, and fellow romantics will be too.
Seaton Delaval Hall was once the home of a scandalous Georgian family known for their parties and pranks. 200 years after a catastrophic fire, a national trust restoration is bringing back the Delavals’ spirit and spectacle.
Central to the Wars of the Roses, a hub of the Industrial revolution and the location for a notorious witch trial, historic Lancashire is now a serene region of rolling hills and old-world villages.
The 1st Duke of Marlborough rose from a youth of genteel poverty to become Britain’s greatest soldier and statesman.
Enter our competition to win a two-night stay at Cross Lane House, an intimate boutique hotel tucked away in picturesque Allerford, ideally located to explore Exmoor and the south west coast path.
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