Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. speech, Nov. 24, 1992, Guildhall, London. quoted in Times (London, Nov. 25, 1992).
The Queen's reference to John Dryden's long poem, Annus Mirabilis (1667), was lost on much of the nation, producing headlines such as "Queen's Bum Year" in the tabloid press. Dryden had described the events of 1666 a "year of marvels" which included the Great Fire of London; a few days before the Queen's speech, which commemmorated her 40 years on the throne, a fire had gutted some of the State Apartments in Windsor Castle. Other personal disasters included the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, and a fierce press campaign against the royal family.