Next year the Queen is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
A national holiday, four-day weekend and an "extensive programme" of events is planned in June 2022 to mark Her Majesty's record 70th anniversary on the throne.
For the reigning monarch, however, she looks set to have a "miserable" time in the lead up, according to royal commentator Daniela Elser.
Having lost her husband Prince Philip last month, the Queen is facing yet more drama and heartache, with family loyalties playing a key role in how 2022 shapes up, she writes in a new column for news.com.au.
She says the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, the fallout of Prince Harry and wife Meghan's decision to quit royal life – and their interview with Oprah Winfrey – look set to continue to dominate the 95-year-old's thoughts.
Then there's the sex trafficking trial of trial of Ghislaine Maxwell – alleged partner of Prince Andrew's friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – in July.
The court case is bound to rekindle memories of the Duke of York's infamous interview with Newsnight in 2019.
What's more, there's a new Netflix documentary about the Princess of Wales in the offing.
The subscription TV service announced earlier this week it was making the programme, which will feature hours of previously unreleased recordings.
There will no doubt be a range of new books and TV specials to mark the anniversary of her death.
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"The reality is that the run-up to Her Majesty’s landmark year, and the year itself, is shaping up to be a fairly miserable one with Diana, Princess of Wales, haunting the palace anew, a worrying new Netflix documentary in the offing, a massive courtroom showdown brewing, and Netflix ferreting about in the shadows," Elser writes.
She Elser added that Prince Harry's now seemingly frosty relationship with "the Firm" has further complicated the situation.
"That Harry then left the UK the day before his just widowed Gan Gan’s birthday, optics be damned, does not suggest the Duke’s brief return to the mother country was all healing hugs and Marmite sandwiches by the fire," Elser said
She added: "All of this boils down to one simple fact: There is no respite, not a drop, on the horizon for the Queen. Instead, the next 18 months portent even more melodrama and even more snowballing PR crises.
"Such is the pathos of the whole sorry mess, even Netflix’s most dedicated troop of screenwriters couldn’t have come up with such a nearly farcical comedy of errors.
"But then again, they do have The Crown season six coming so … get writing kids."
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