A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (spring issue)

So we’re all snowed in! I’m writing this with the hatches very much battened down in my cottage in East Kennet in Wiltshire as the ‘Beast from the East’ holds us all prisoner in its icy grip. The only relief is that the first day of spring is just around the corner (20th March to be precise) and I for one can’t wait.

In the meantime, as the Siberian winds howl outside and the snow and ice holds us all  to ransom, there’s no better time to take a look into Queen and Country magazine and contemplate going further afield - quite literally. We’ve teamed up with the inclusive holiday company Further Afield which features carefully selected gay-friendly hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation, all of which embrace diversity and welcome everyone.

Each month we will be bringing the very best in Further Afield’s collection, from boutique apartments in Europe to enchanting period properties closer to home. We will also be speaking to some of the lovely people who run the properties and find out more about them.

We also have some great fashion spreads for you, including our very handsome model Michael Richardson who is modelling a selection of Worboys finest shirts, while French dreamboat Jeremy Pasnon models some stand-out items from Centre Front’s spring collection. We really love both brands this season and these great looks will put you in good stead for keeping it simple, classy and stylish this spring.  

The team here at Queen and Country HQ love art and we especially love to champion LGBT art and that’s why we’ve started regularly profiling some of our favourite gay artists, who either live in, or are inspired by, the countryside. We’ll be showcasing their artwork while finding out more about them, their ways of working and picking up any village gossip along the way, starting with the uber-talented Maurizio Bongiovanni. Be warned, there are some quite revealing pieces, but there’s still no excuse not to share what you like on social media.

So stay safe during this final blast of wintry weather and don’t forget to do the welly check for holes - no one wants soggy feet! And if you’re fed up with the cold, remember that spring will soon be here. At home we have recently welcomed  a new puppy into the household so spring is set to be even more lively and full of joy.

If anyone reading would like to get involved with Queen and Country magazine, share their stories, contribute with writing or photography, or even model for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are also looking for more participants who would like to be featured in our next Men in the Wild campaign feature to help us continue the important conversation about men’s mental health within our community. Contact us at: contact@queenandcountrymagazine.co.uk

In addition you can send these in to us via Instagram @queenandcountrymagazine - using the hashtags: #meninthewild #meninthewildcampaign

Stay Warm