Where the Queen was born

Photos and copyright: Netty Leistra

I just spent some days in and around London. On Monday evening a friend and I were walking through the city, when I suddenly saw a street called Bruton Street. The name sounded familiar to me, so I said, wasn’t the Queen born there? I didn’t remember the number, but wondered if there was any plaque to commemorate the event. We had a quick look in the street, and found the place within minutes. 17 Bruton Street it is! The actual house doesn’t exist anymore, as it was bombed in World War II, the security guy at the door said, but there is a plaque, or actually even two.

queen1The one on top says “This plaque was dedicated in the Silver Jubilee Year of Her Reign – 1977 – to Her Majesty The Queen who was born here on April 21st 1926”.

queen2The one by the City of Westminster below the first one says, as you can probably read “In commemoration of her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year 2002. On this site at 17 Bruton Street stood the townhouse of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne where Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, later to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was born on 21 April 1926”.

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