Royal Rations

Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska questions the reality of rationing for Britain’s Royal family during the war and after.

In November 1992 HM the Queen described the 40th anniversary of her accession as an 'annus horribilis' and 'not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure'. Compared with the early 1950s and the high hopes of a new Elizabethan age, which can be seen as the apogee of royal prestige in the postwar years, 1992 and 1993 have been characterised by a catalogue of disasters giving rise to intensified debate about the role of the monarchy in Britain.

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