Her Majesty Turns 80

She first graced Time's cover in 1929 as a solemn, curly-haired 3-year-old. Elizabeth has tended to be serious, not glamorous (that was sister Margaret), beloved (her mother) or idolized (Diana). Yet her story inspired in our readers respect, devotion and admiration for how she has guided Britain with grace and dignity

Over a number of years, I have met Queen Elizabeth both on formal occasions and less formally at family weddings and horse races. I have the greatest admiration for her sheer professionalism and charm but also for her sense of fun. She has the ability to...

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