By: Clare Bruce
It was November 24 in 1992, when Queen Elizabeth II famously described the year just gone, as an ‘annus horribillus’ – a Latin term meaning horrible year.
A separation, a divorce, a scandalous affair and a fire at Windsor Castle, had all rocked the royal family over the 11 months before the Queen’s speech, and only weeks after the speech, Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated.
How beautiful, then, that 25 years later – almost to the day – Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle have announced their engagement; a happy union that most of the world seems to be celebrating and embracing, and that stands in contrast to the sad royal events of a quarter-century ago.
The happy couple, set to tie the knot early next year, shared their much-anticipated news with the international media, telling reporters about how they met, and posing for photos in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace.