Friday, February 15, 2013

Moving day

February 15, 1937

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and their two young daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose, moved out of their town home, 145 Piccadilly, known as the "palace with a number," and are now residing in Buckingham Palace, reports the New York Times.

In order to accommodate the family, "extensive alterations" have been carried out.  Princess Elizabeth, 10, and her six-year-old sister, Princess Margaret, are the first royal children to live in the palace since the death of Prince John, King George V's youngest son, at the age of 13 in 1919.

The King and Queen will occupy the same suite as King George V and Queen Mary.  The rooms overlook the palace's private gardens.

The nurseries for the two princesses are located on the second floor.  Their windows overlook Constitution Hill and and be "identified by white painted bars across them."

The Piccadilly town house had been the residence of the King since his marriage to the then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923.  He succeeded to the throne in December following his brother, King Edward VIII's abdication.

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