There are those rare events where you can apply one simple question; where were you when they happened? Throughout history this question has mainly been linked with a global event, which has shocked, moved, or wowed the world. Twenty-two years ago today, such an event took place, one which would plunge an entire Nation into a deep-seated grief, and would bring a thousand year-old institution to the brink. It would begin with an article in the magazine Vanity Fair, and tragically end within the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris.
What on earth is going on?
There is always one day a year where the Royal family collectively hide behind their palace walls, lock the gates and wait patiently for the storm to pass: Royal finance day.
Only 18 months ago did we watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—a.k.a “the Fab Four”— passionately talk about their numerous charitable endeavours through the hugely impactful and successful Royal Foundation. The global outlet, created by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009, was designed to be a charitable ship of which to steer their numerous patronages.
They stood shoulder to shoulder, ten men in a line, hands pressed to their foreheads performing a salute. After 75 years their salute was slower, their balance aided by walking sticks, their sight somewhat deteriorated, but still they stood surveying the applauding crowd before them.