Royal flush: how the Queen’s jubilee was seen back in 1977

The Queen has had another jubilee since then, but this was how the Observer reflected on her majesty’s first 25 years in office

The entire issue of the Observer Magazine of 6 February 1977 was devoted to the Queen’s Jubilee ‘to mark the fascinating new era that began 25 years ago today’.

Asked whether she would celebrate, the reliably off-message Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, replied: ‘Of course I’m very happy for the Queen and her family, but with the country in its present state I don’t think it’s the time for a great celebration. I will probably just give a dinner party for a few friends from abroad who happen to be in London.’

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