The best news about this?… Royal editor Duncan Larcombe is back! His article below:
The Queen has invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to share Buckingham Palace with her as their official London residence. Her Majesty is keen that the couple have a secure and private place to hole up as they start out as husband and wife. If they accept the offer, the newlyweds will get a large self-contained pad within the landmark building.
The Queen and Prince Philip would still use the palace from Monday to Thursday – but at weekends William and Kate would be the only royals in residence. However, insiders say that the pair are likely to opt for a suite in the less formal surrounds of nearby St James’s Palace. Prince Charles has agreed to let them renovate one of the apartments if they choose it as their London base.
A senior royal source said: “Buckingham Palace is an option, not least because it has a lot of spare space, and it’s obviously safe from a security point of view. But William is determined to make life as ‘normal’ as possible after the wedding, which makes an apartment at St James’s Palace a more likely choice. Buckingham Palace is full of household staff and is not exactly a peaceful place to live.”
While the pair need a London base, they will spend most of their first year in North Wales. Wills works at Anglsey’s RAF base as a rescue pilot. The insider said the couple will rent a home there during the week – and will have no servants.
Article: The Sun
90-second clip to be shown of the home movie the Queen doesn’t want you to see
More than 40 years ago, a 105-minute documentary showing candid interactions among members of the Royal Family was shown to the public in an experimental attempt to make them look more modern and relatable. The Queen having breakfast with the Duke, Princess Anne and Prince Charles… The group preparing salads and barbecues… The Queen buying sweets for Prince Edward.
Her Majesty is said to have regretted ever showing the film. But astonishingly, in the forthcoming exhibition, The Queen: Art And Image, at the National Portrait Gallery, Buckingham Palace has allowed the organisers to a 90-second clip from the film. The other 104 minutes will remain unseen and off-limits, like the 38 hours of unused footage which is now held in the Royal Archives at Windsor, unavailable to the eyes of even serious historians and researchers.
Article: Daily Mail
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