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US News Another annus horribilis? The Queen's difficult year

15:50  21 november  2019
15:50  21 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Annus horribilis is a Latin phrase, meaning "horrible year ". It is complementary to annus mirabilis, which means "wonderful year "; however, annus mirabilis is a traditional term, while annus horribilis is of relatively recent coinage.

In it The Queen referred to recent events as part of an ' annus horribilis '. My Lord Mayor, Could I say, first On 24 November 1992 The Queen gave a speech at Guildhall to mark the 40th anniversary of her 1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my

Elizabeth II looking at the camera: Has 2019 been another annus horribilis for the Queen? © Getty Has 2019 been another annus horribilis for the Queen? It's been a bad year for the monarchy.

The Queen may even look back on 2019 as another "annus horribilis", with the fallout from Prince Andrew's association to Jeffrey Epstein continuing to gather pace.

The Queen first used the Latin phrase - which means "terrible year" - in reference to the travesties the Royal Family endured in 1992.

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a man and a woman sitting at a table with a cake: Queen Elizabeth ll delivers her 'annus horribilis' speech at the Guildhall in 1992 © Getty Queen Elizabeth ll delivers her 'annus horribilis' speech at the Guildhall in 1992 The monarch was referring to Prince Andrew's separation from his wife, Princess Anne's divorce, the publication of Andrew Morton's tell-all biography about Diana and her marriage to Prince Charles, and also a fire in Windsor Castle, to name but a few.

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This is Her Majesty' s speech (in part) from late 1992, made at the Guildhall. Preview clip downloaded from ITN Source.

Derived from the Latin phrase ' annus mirabilis' - year of wonders (or miracles). The phrase came to a wide audience in Queen Elizabeth II' s Christmas message in 1992, where "There' s no doubt that this has been a particularly difficult year , and I am relieved that this annus horribilis is coming to an end."

Here's why 2019 could come close to 1992:

Prince Andrew's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein

a man wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: The Duke of York speaking about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight © PA The Duke of York speaking about his links to Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with BBC Newsnight

The Queen's son, Prince Andrew, agreed to be interviewed for the BBC's Newsnight programme on 16 November regarding his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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The interview was widely criticised, with some labelling it "disastrous" and accusing the Duke of York of "utterly lacking compassion for the victims of Epstein", who killed himself earlier this year.

In the interview, Andrew claimed it was "convenient" for him to stay at Epstein's house in 2010 and he thought it was "the honourable and right thing to do" after visiting to end their friendship.

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Clip from BBC's " Queen and Country" Fire at the Queen ' s Castle - Monarchy in Danger (1992).

This is a news segment about Queens Elizabeth' s " Annus Horribilis ." The phrase was brought to prominence by Queen Elizabeth II in a speech to the Guildhall on November 24, 1992, marking the 40th anniversary of her accession, in which she described the year as an annus horribilis .

He also said he had "no recollection" of meeting Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with a number of his associates, including Andrew, when she was 17.

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The fallout has since forced the prince to step back from public duties for the "foreseeable future" after numerous charities and brands, including KPMG, distanced themselves from him and the causes he supports. Now, all 200 of his charities will have to seek new patrons.

Private jet scandal

a man in a suit standing in front of a window: Harry said he occasionally uses private jets to 'protect' his family © PA Harry said he occasionally uses private jets to 'protect' his family The Duke and Duchess of Sussex came under fire throughout the summer after reportedly taking four private jet journeys in 11 days, seemingly at odds with their views on supporting the environment.

This included a private flight to the home of singer Elton John in Nice, after which the musician defended the couple in a post on Instagram, saying the royals needed "high-level protection".

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Her " annus horribilis " saw the Prince of Wales separate from Diana, his first wife, and her sensational portrayal in Andrew Morton' s biography – a de Having expertly helmed a creaking HMS Monarchy past reefs of controversy and through squalls of public anger over 60 dutiful years , the Queen can

Adding to the Queen ’ s woes — in what is shaping up to be her second “ annus horribilis ” — is the fact that Prince Charles is on tour in New Zealand. This year started with Prince Philip’s car crash, continued with the rift between Harry and William and spiked with Andrew’s disastrous interview last

In response to the criticism, Prince Harry said: "I spend 99% of my life travelling the world by commercial.

"Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's explosive TV interview

a close up of Meghan Markle: Meghan said she has struggled with the focus on her © Sky News Screen Grab Meghan said she has struggled with the focus on her

Prince Harry and Meghan admitted they were struggling with the headlines and attention from British tabloid newspapers in a documentary which aired on ITV in October.

Meghan revealed her friends told her not to marry Harry, warning her she "shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life".

She told of how she was "not okay", while Prince Harry said his mental health was under "constant management".

The Duchess of Sussex has also accused the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday of waging a three-year campaign of "false and absurd" stories about her, according to details of her legal action against the media group.

A Palace source told the BBC Prince William is worried about his younger brother and his sister-in-law, and hopes they are both "all right".

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Another Annus Horribilis . Posted on December 27, 2016 by Russell McCutcheon. As the year comes to a close, and while we await the usual roll call Perhaps these deaths stand out because of a variety of geo-political things that were also happening this year — from the ongoing war in Syria to record

From the Latin annus (“ year ”) + horribilis (“of horrors”). annus horribilis . (often italicized) A horrible year . 1900, February 22, Year One of the Empire‎, page 105: It is now a full year since the treaty with Spain was ratified, and the ignoble and bloody war in the Philippines began — a true annus horribilis .

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Prince Harry's apparent feud with Prince William

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: Prince Harry was asked about rumours of a rift with William © Getty Prince Harry was asked about rumours of a rift with William William's concerns added fuel to the fire about rumours of a rift between the brothers, thus bringing more negative attention to the monarchy.

Harry also hinted at a fallout in the documentary, saying "inevitably stuff happens" - particularly with such a high-profile role and a family that lives under pressure.

Earlier this year, Harry and Meghan split from their joint charity with William and Kate. Sources denied any feud - saying the move was "largely about preparing both couples for their future roles, which are obviously on divergent tracks".

Prince Philip's car crash

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh driving a car: Prince Philip was spoken to by police in January after being photographed driving without a seat belt. File pic © Getty Prince Philip was spoken to by police in January after being photographed driving without a seat belt. File pic In January, Prince Philip was involved in a car accident near the Queen's Sandringham estate. The 98-year-old's Land Rover Freelander overturned during the collision with a Kia, and he was rescued by a passing motorist.

a car parked on the side of a road: A picture from the scene of the crash shows a vehicle on its side. Pic: KLFM © Sky News Screen Grab A picture from the scene of the crash shows a vehicle on its side. Pic: KLFM Two women in the other vehicle received medical treatment and a nine-month-old baby boy was unhurt.

The duke, who was uninjured in the accident, said he was dazzled by low sunlight as he pulled out onto a busy road in Norfolk. However he was spotted driving without a seatbelt 48 hours later.

Queen dragged into constitutional crisis over Brexit

Boris Johnson dragged the Queen into a constitutional crisis, requesting that she prorogue Parliament - temporarily shutting it down.

It came just days after former PM David Cameron was rebuked for admitting he tried to get the Queen to help him head off Scottish independence

The admission caused "an amount of displeasure" in Buckingham Palace.

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