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The Second Elizabethan Age

Sir Richard Lambert, former Chairman of the British Museum and former editor of the Financial Times, reflects on the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the ways in which society changed under her rule. 


Read and listen to more of our reporting on Queen Elizabeth II


A nation of orphans

The collective grief will be seismic. But the Queen’s death is a moment to celebrate an historic reign, and unite in collective gratitude, writes Matthew d’Ancona.

editor’s voicemail

An audience with the Queen

Tortoise co-founders James Harding and Matthew Barzun reflect on the meaning of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

long read

The Second Elizabethan Age

Sir Richard Lambert’s six-part podcast series on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, adapted into a single written piece.

Photo essay

Queen Elizabeth II: A life in pictures

A collection of photography from the life and reign of Britain’s longest serving monarch.

sensemaker podcast

William and Harry: divided in grief

Will the prince’s public displays of solidarity lead to an improvement in their relationship?

sensemaker podcast

The rule of King Charles

It is thought that Britain’s new monarch will favour a slimmed down royal family. What will this look like?

sensemaker podcast

Operation London Bridge

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday afternoon. For 70 years, she was a constant figurehead. So what happens now?

sensemaker podcast

Will Charles be a green King?

Charles championed the environment as Prince of Wales. How will he use his influence as King?

Previous ThinkIns on the death of the Queen


On reflection: the death of the Queen

We met to reflect on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, and to take stock of how it feels now she’s gone.


King Charles, the monarchy and Britain now

What kind of King will Charles be, and what are the procedural, constitutional and cultural shifts that he’s likely to introduce?


Public mourning, private grief: how do we cope with loss?

How should we as a nation process the Queen’s death, especially at a time when people are recovering from their own losses following the pandemic?