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The year of Princess Diana’s death, 1997, was not Queen Elizabeth II’s “annus horribilis” as noted in the April 13 movie review “Interpreting a right royal mess.” Queen Elizabeth used this phrase in her Christmas message of 1992 to refer to the year in which Prince Charles’ and Prince Andrew’s marriages had both ended in disaster and a fire had devastated a large part of Windsor Castle.

“1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis.”

peter mallett