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Loyal goodbyes and right royal messes


On 8th September Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, sparking global tributes, bouts of self-reflection and an epic, well-behaved queue that snaked its way around central London. Here at DG we took a somewhat nerdier route to paying our respects, crunching through regal data sets stretching back to the reign of William the Conqueror to produce an infographic testament to ERII – turn to p092 for the royal treatment.

The Queen’s first prime minister was Winston Churchill, widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders in history. Her last was Liz Truss, widely regarded as a complete disaster, whose 50-day stint in office featured a major spike in gilt yields, an unsettling lurch in mortgage rates and a series of high profile U-turns. We’ve catalogued every move of her infamous premiership on p114.

But we are not above making the odd U-turn ourselves. After we dispensed with our long-running ‘Movie Matrix’ page in issue 46, a series of readers got in touch to ask us what on earth we were playing at, so this issue it’s back for good (p047). And it’s in excellent company: we have some terrific Slow Journalism stories for you, from an investigation into the Lake Mead murders (p070) and an interview with an unconventional bank robber (p106) to a celebration of the Euros-winning Lionesses (p038) and a look behind the scenes of a restaurant offering solace to Ukrainians fleeing the war (p028).

In November we were delighted to be named independent editors of the year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. We owe this award to you – thanks so much for your support for DG, we truly appreciate it.

Rob and Marcus, Editors



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