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The recent demise of Bruce Shand, the father of Prince Charles' missus Camilla, brought to light a lesser-known royal connection. The Duchess of Cornwall's grandfather, Peter Morton Shand, was a writer for the Architectural Review in the '30s; a leading standard-bearer for Modernism and a close friend of Gropius and Corb no less. Was the founding father of Poundbury aware of this when he got down on one knee? And where does Camilla stand on the architectural style debate?

Could she possibly be a closet Modernist? Let's hope so?

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