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Old 14-09-2012, 12:30 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by rhydra View Post
When do we see one of the Queen topless?

Well if it's anything like her bottom I LMFAO when on the news one night they said the Queen's Annus horribilis I still LOL every time I see it.

Annus horribilis is a Latin phrase meaning "horrible year" (rhymes with rear) or alternatively, "year of horrors". It alludes to annus mirabilis meaning "year of wonders".

Although the phrase is cited by the Oxford English Dictionary as being in use as early as 1985, it was brought to prominence by Queen Elizabeth II, in a speech to the Guildhall on 24 November 1992, marking the 40th anniversary of her Accession, in which she described the closing of the year as an "annus horribilis."“ 1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis. ”

The phrase may allude to John Dryden's poem "Annus Mirabilis" about the events of 1666. The "sympathetic correspondent" was later revealed to be her former assistant private secretary, Sir Edward Ford.

Listed here are some of the horrible events to which the British queen alluded.
In March 1992, it was announced that her second son, The Duke of York, would separate from his wife The Duchess of York. Later in the year, scandalous pictures of a topless Duchess of York being kissed on her feet by her friend, John Bryan, were published in the tabloids.
In April, her daughter, The Princess Royal, divorced her husband Captain Mark Phillips.
In June, The Princess of Wales' tell-all book, Diana, Her True Story, was published.
In November, just four days before the Guildhall speech, one of The Queen's homes, Windsor Castle, caught fire. The castle was seriously damaged, and several priceless artifacts were lost. John Major, then Prime Minister, originally indicated that the government would fund the cost of repairs (Windsor Castle, like Buckingham Palace, being government-owned). Convention requires the monarch to accept the advice of his or her Prime Minister, but there was considerable public outcry against this plan. As an alternative to relying solely on the taxpayer, the government decided to open some publicly-owned royal residences to tourists during the summer period when the Queen is not in residence, and the revenue from those tours was applied to the castle repair costs.
In December, the Royal Family faced further difficulties when the separation of The Prince of Wales and his wife The Princess of Wales was announced.

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