Queen to feature on British Vogue cover for first time in celebration of Platinum Jubilee

The 95-year-old monarch reached her 70th year on the throne in February. Credit: British Vogue/PA

The Queen will feature on the cover of British Vogue for the first time in a special issue of the magazine celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

The April issue cover will present the 95-year-old monarch in the early years of her reign wearing a crown and necklace.

The magazine will also look back on its own relationship with the Queen during her 70 years on the throne.

The Jubilee is an unprecedented celebration, as no British Monarch has ever hit the 70-year milestone. The big weekend to mark the event in June will see the bank holidays run together to create a four-day weekend from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

Events will include the Queen opening her private estates to the public, and some of the world’s biggest stars performing outside Buckingham Palace.

A nationwide baking competition has also set out to find a brand new pudding dedicated to The Queen, with the recipes judged by Dame Mary Berry and the Head Chef at Buckingham Palace, Mark Flanagan.

In his editor’s letter, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said: “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 recognise my work as something worth spotlighting, given the fact my endeavours were all about spotlighting under-represented people too, then I felt comfortable – keen, even – to engage.”

The Queen’s Gambit actress Anya Taylor-Joy also stars alongside the Monarch in the magazine’s twin cover issue, wearing a replica of the monarch’s George IV State Diadem for her own royal dress-up moment.

Speaking to the magazine, Taylor-Joy admitted that she was overwhelmed with the attention after she rose to fame when the hit Netflix show landed and fled to her friend and model Ivy Getty’s house to get away from it.

She said: “Nothing about my life changed. Then I dropped into New York and within an hour I was back at Ivy’s house just like shivering on the floor.

“It was so intense… I was dressed like an East Berlin spy at all times… It just took a second to understand it and make it ok for myself".

The April issue of British Vogue is available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday, March 29.

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