From world wars to family tragedies, Queen Elizabeth has lived through some terrible events during her 66-year reign, but there’s reportedly one day that she considers as the absolute worst day of her life.
Now it has been revealed that the Irish Republican Army’s (IRA’s) 1982 attack on London was “the most ghastly” day of her reign. The terrible event, which involved bombs going off in Hyde Park and Regent’s Park on 20th July, killed 11 military personnel, seven horses and injured 50 civilians.
Andrew Parker Bowles, who was married to Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall at the time, has revealed for the first time a conversation he had with the Queen in the wake of the attacks — and according to Parker Bowls the event had a huge impact on Her Majesty.
“She said to me it was ‘the most ghastly day of my life’,” he reportedly told The Express.
Parker Bowles, who oversaw the royal household cavalry at the time, recalls the terror of how it all unfolded.
“It was a nice, sunny day and suddenly one heard this explosion one heard all the time in Northern Ireland,” he said. “One of the barriers opened and someone said, ‘They’ve blown up the Guard’. So we ran down to where the smoke was rising. The first horse I saw was Sefton. He had a bloody great hole in him but he managed to pull through.”
Five years after the terrible event in October 1987, IRA member Gilbert McNamee, who was just 27, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the Hyde Park bombing.
Royal fans have been given a rare new insight into the extraordinary life of the longest-reigning monarch in the world, thanks to two-part series Queen of the World. The first episode aired in the UK earlier this week, and will be aired by Channel 7 at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 2.
The series includes interviews with key members of the British royal family, including heir to the throne Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Harry and the newest member of royalty Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
In sweet footage from the documentary, the Duchess, 37, can be seen being reunited with her lavish Givenchy wedding dress and hand-embroidered veil for the first time since her colossal wedding at Windsor Castle in May. The veil featured flowers from all 53 Commonwealth countries, including the Australian wattle which former actress Meghan can be seen pointing out in the footage.