Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Déjà vu

  • Comment

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?

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.