Monday, November 2, 2015

The Yorks will move into Curzon House

November 2, 1925

It was announced tonight that the Duke and Duchess of York have "officially taken Curzon House, Curzon Street, Mayfair," as their winter home, reports the New York Times.

It has been known for some time that the Duke and Duchess have been looking for a London home because they have "found their very pleasant quarters at White Lodge, Richmond," is too far "out of town" for their convenience.  The couple have access to a suite of rooms at Buckingham Palace, but they feel that the suite "is too awkward for entertaining."

The Duke and Duchess will be near Chesterfield House, the London home of the Duke's sister, Princess Mary.

Right now there is a scarcity of London homes for members of the royal family.  At some point,  the Duke and Duchess will get a London residence, either at York House, where the Prince of Wales, lives at St. James's Palace or Marlborough House, the home of King George V's widowed mother, Queen Alexandra.

If the Prince of Wales marries, he would probably move into Marlborough House, but as he is a bachelor, "York House is quite sufficient for his needs."

No one is likely to ask Queen Alexandra to leave Marlborough House. She will celebrate her 81st birthday on December 1.  She is said to be frail, and has remained at Sandringham for some time.   It is believed that she will not return to live at Marlborough House, which was her home with the Prince of Wales before he succeeded to the throne as Edward VII, and again.  She returned to Marlborough House after her son, George, became king.

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