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Queen Elizabeth makes British Vogue cover debut to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee

The magazine used a photograph of the Queen taken by Antony Armstrong Jone in 1957
UPDATED MAR 25, 2022
Vogue posted its April edition cover page on Instagram featuring the Queen in the early years of her reign (Instagram/@britishvogue(L)/@theroyalfamilyR))
Vogue posted its April edition cover page on Instagram featuring the Queen in the early years of her reign (Instagram/@britishvogue(L)/@theroyalfamilyR))

In a special issue commemorating the reigning British Monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the cover of Vogue April edition alongside "Hollywood royalty" Anya Taylor-Joy for the first time during her rule. The 95-year-old monarch will be featured in the April 2022 issue wearing a crown and necklace in the early years of her reign.

The cover features a photograph of Her Majesty taken in 1957 by Lord Snowden, Princess Margaret's ex-husband. In the photograph, the Queen is wearing the George IV State Diadem, which she sported at the time of her tenth wedding anniversary with Prince Philip.


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This is one of many events commemorating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, including a pageant being staged on June 5 – the final day of the weekend-long celebration.

British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful stated in the editor’s letter: “When I received my OBE for services to diversity in fashion several years ago, I thought carefully about what the decision to accept it would mean.”

“Ultimately, I saw an ancient institution that was setting about on a programme of change and if they had noticed and wanted to recognize my work as something worth spotlighting, given the fact my endeavors were all about spotlighting under-represented people too, then I felt comfortable – keen, even – to engage.”

Vogue posted its April edition cover page on Instagram featuring the Queen in the early years of her reign and captioned it, “April issue pays tribute to the Queen with a special edition cover. As Her Majesty becomes the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, the April issue explores Vogue's unique relationship with the royal, and features rarely seen images from the archive at Vogue House. See the full story in the new issue, on newsstands Tuesday 29 March.”HM Queen Elizabeth II photographed in 1957 by Antony Armstrong Jones.”


Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the Queen in the series 'The Queen's Gambit', also appears in the magazine's twin cover issue, wearing a replica of the monarch's George IV State Diadem.


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At the age of one, Queen Elizabeth II made her first appearance in Vogue in the year 1927, where she was pictured at her mother's knee. Vogue posted another picture of Queen in an embroidered white gown and captioned it, "Princess Elizabeth was a baby when she first appeared in #BritishVogue in 1927. Ever since, British Vogue has measured out its life in tune with hers: the magazine has seen four monarchs; three coronations; many royal marriages; and a jewel box of jubilees – silver, ruby, gold, diamond, sapphire and, now, platinum."


This isn't the first time the Royal Family has been featured in the publication. Earlier the Duchess of Cambridge was the cover star of Vogue in 2016, fronting an issue commemorating the magazine's centennial. The Duchess of Sussex also guest-edited an issue in 2019.