THE ROYAL STANDARD
WHEREVER KING RESIDED
In the early days of the war the King decided that, in spite of the security ban on publication of his whereabouts, the Royal Standard should be flown wherever he was in residence. No attempt was ever made at any time to keep the King's presence secret, whether he was in London, Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral or elsewhere.
During the heavy air raids the King, after working in the day at Buckingham Palace, motored, usually in the evening, with the Queen to Windsor, where the Princesses stayed most of the time. Deep airraid shelters were prepared in the underground vaults in Windsor Castle. At Buckingham Palace, too, special reinforced shelters were provided underground for the King and Queen.
They were used on several occasions during the flying bomb attacks when the King and Queen spent the night in London. The King held a small investiture there on July 4, 1944, while the flying bomb attacks were at their height. The Princesses spent the early days of the war at Balmoral and as a result Princess Elizabeth has an identity card with a Scottish number.
Queen Mary, whose London home at Marlborough House has been badly damaged, has spent most of the war years at Badminton, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. The Duchess is Queen Mary's niece. A concrete "pillbox" flat, specially built to give maximum security against attack, was provided for the use of the King and Queen in Curzon Street. Although Their Majesties never took up residence there, the flat was used by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester as their London residence before they went to Australia.
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KEPT FLYING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945
KEPT FLYING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945
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