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Royal touch

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Suppose the Queen follows the comings and going of her architectural knights and peers - what would she make of them? One thing is certain, they have dominated public and major private commissions throughout her reign. Consider some of the major projects currently or recently undertaken: British Museum, Greater London Authority, Wembley Stadium, Lord Foster.

Masshouse Library, Birmingham, Terminal 5 at Heathrow, Lord Rogers. Portcullis House, Sir Michael Hopkins (who also designed the canopy over the revamped entrance to the Royal Academy, visited by the Queen last week). And so on. No doubt these thoughts were running through the mind of my old editor, Paul Finch, who went to Buckingham Palace last week to receive his OBE. Appropriately enough, since the Queen was in Scotland, it was bestowed by Prince Charles. I must find out what they chatted about.

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