On tour for the Jubilee: William and Kate as Elizabeth and Philip in ’77

from Enrica Roddolo

The Dukes of Cambridge will leave for a tour of the Commonwealth countries that recalls the 56,000-mile world tour made by Elizabeth and Philip in 1977

In 1977, on the occasion of the Jubilee of her first 25 years of reign – her first official Jubilee – Elizabeth, accompanied by Prince Philip, embarked on the Jubilee Tour: never before her had a queen managed to visit so many countries in just three months. summer: departed from Glasgow on 17 May 1977, crossing 36 counties of the kingdom to Northern Ireland. Not to mention the overseas trips that took her to the Samoa Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Canada, up to the West Indies. In all, a 56,000-mile world tour, as I retrace in Elizabeth & the secrets of Buckingham Palace (Cairo). A globetrotter tour de force that would have exhausted anyone. Not the queen, once upon a time.

Today, at the age of 96 in two months, he must rely on the young and beloved William and Kate for an equally significant (new) Jubilee tour. After Carlo and Camilla had already collected the relay race in recent years: today the Duchess of Cornwall tested positive for her Covid after the infection of her husband Carlo four days ago.

And as then Elisabetta and Filippo, William and Kate are young, much loved. But the tour also unveils an operational set-up of the Royal dream team, the spearhead of the Windsor royal lineup for the future. New structure that with the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of 2022 is taking shape more and more clearly. The queen, symbol of the institution but now with inevitably reduced forces (so much so that for the official commitments announced for the month of March – starting from the reception for the diplomatic corps on the 2nd, the Royal Household said that the queen plans to be there) , Carlo with Camilla operating at a wide range for the many official commitments at home and abroad. And to ensure that necessary visibility of the Crown, especially in the most distant countries, those of the Commonwealth tempted by republican seduction, the Dukes of Cambridge.

To tell the truth, Harry and Meghan should have been helping William and Kate – and especially sharing the tasks.: for the American bride of her nephew Harry, it is no coincidence that the queen had given her blessing to a wedding veil embroidered with flowers and emblems of the many countries of the Commonwealth network. Making a traveling role of Royal testimonial for the Sussexes foreshadowing. But Megxit decided otherwise.


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