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    Kenneth Scott(Author)

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St James's Palace was built by Henry VIII in the 1530s on the site of a former leper hospital, and as such is one of London's oldest royal palaces and host to some of the most extraordinary events in British history. It was at St James's Palace that Mary Tudor signed the treaty surrendering Calais; where Elizabeth I held her Councils of War at the time of the Spanish Armada and where Charles I spent his final night before his execution. Today, the Palace remains the official seat of the monarchy - 'the Court of St James' - playing host to many state and ceremonial occasions. This delightful book is filled with quality reproductions to illustrate the witty and informative text, bringing to life the history of the royal palace. Sir Kenneth Scott, an author very familiar with the workings of a royal household, gives an illuminating and fascinating account of the history of St James's Palace, which is the only one of the Royal Palaces not open to the public.

After school and university in Edinburgh, Sir Kenneth Scott joined the Diplomatic Service and served in a variety of posts including Moscow, Bonn, Washington and Brussels before being appointed Ambassador in Yugoslavia in 1982. From 1985 to 1996 he was one of the Private Secretaires to The Queen, and during most of that time he lived in an apartment in St. James' Palace. In 1996, after retirement from the Royal Household, he spent nine months in Sarajevo as Chairman of the Provisional Election Commission which organised the first democratic elections in Bosnia after the war. He now lives in Edinburgh.

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Kenneth Scott(Author)
  • Scala Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • English
  • 2
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By James on 25 March 2017

    Good and comprehensive with copious use of photographs for we plebs not allowed in the palace.

  • By Tillie Traveling on 5 December 2010

    This book has been long in coming because although St. James' is not open to the public, and is therefore, not well known, it deserves to be acknowledged as a large part of British history. It is a wonderful read with superb illustrations and plans showing how the palace rooms evolved over many centuries. Most of us don't realize that Clarence House, residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall is part of St. James', and St. James' Entree room is where Prince William and Catherine Middleton announced their engagement to the press. I strongly recommend this fascinating book.

  • By Guest on 20 February 2013

    Fast delivery. This book is most informative about the history of St James Palace. After having been on a private tour of the State Apartments, this book was ideal for expanding on what I had seen.

  • By Eva Wilson on 29 June 2015

    Great for the cost


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