Fit for a Queen

July 20, 2008 at 6:42 pm (estates)

There are so many town-houses and country estates associated with the Goslings & Smiths… sometimes it is overwhelming. (Thankfully, many still exist.)

So, over the weekend, looking up information about the SMITH-BURGESS branch of the family (Joshua Smith’s brother John married Margaret Burgess and adopted her name), imagine my surprised to learn the following about their Piccadilly residence: as a child, and before her father became king, Queen Elizabeth II lived at 145 Piccadilly, the former residence of the Smith-Burgesses!

Unfortunately, the building was bombed during World War II; the site now houses the Intercontinental Hotel.

Here is the only photo I was able to find:

it shows Elizabeth (c1930) in a landau parked in front of No.145 Piccadilly (from BBC website).


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