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Déjà vu

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The Queen has opened thousands of buildings, and has reigned over us long enough to be visiting some sites the second time around. Perhaps the most piquant of these is Paternoster Square, where she opened the commercial scheme by the above-mentioned Lord Holford in the mid-50s. That, of course, has now been demolished under the masterplan arrangements of another of her architectural knights, Sir William Whitfield. Of course, the most dramatic redevelopment of her reign, from a personal point of view, was the remaking of Windsor Castle following the disastrous fire of 1992. If that gave an indication of the Queen's tastes it was for a certain tradition.

That is probably a diplomatic position to adopt, though Prince Philip has always had an interest in more advanced design and engineering. Has anyone ever actually seen the designs for a revamped Sandringham by the Cambridge architect, David Roberts?

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