A SECRET "PALACE"
FOURTH-FLOOR FLAT ' HAD KING BEEN BLITZED OUT LONDON. The King and Queen have a fourth-floor flat in Mayfair which would have become the Royal Palace if Buckingham Palace had been bombed. It is.in Curzon Street House, Curzon Street, and was acquired for the King and Queen in January, 1942. An official at Buckingham Palace told u Daily Mail reporter: "The flat will be regarded as a palace and kept on to accommodate members of the Royal family when necessary.
"The King and Queen have never occupied it."
Few of the 1600 men anu women —the staff of the Curzon Street House Prisoner-of-War Department of the War Office—knew the secret of the fourth floor.
A private entrance leads to the palace apartment, which is guarded day and night by Special Branch officers.
A section of the basement was made a shelter — proof against bombs, blast, and gas. During the worst of London s blitz the flat and shelter were used by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duchess of Kent.
Return to London
Queen Mary will return to London to take up permanent residence at Marlborough House. Princess Elizabeth recently visited the Queen Mother at * Badminton. House, Gloucestershire, where throughout the war she has stayed with the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. Queen Mary is-spending much of her time superintending the packing of pictures and furniture which were removed from Marlborough House to Badminton at the start of the war.
She has endeared herself to the villagers, ind.they feel that her return to London will fr* * ereat loss.
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A SECRET "PALACE", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945
A SECRET "PALACE" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945
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