Din­ing alone in the Palace

Daily Mail - - 70 Glorious years -

MANY of us imag­ine that the Royal Fam­ily are in daily con­sul­ta­tion. In fact, they live sur­pris­ingly sep­a­rate lives.

Mem­bers sel­dom get to­gether dur­ing the week, even if they hap­pen to be un­der the same roof at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

The Queen of­ten has her din­ner alone in her pri­vate apart­ment, which she serves her­self from a hot­plate. Philip, un­til his re­tire­ment from pub­lic du­ties, dined down­stairs with his pri­vate sec­re­tary.

At the same time, Ed­ward, be­fore his mar­riage, might have been hav­ing a snack by him­self in his rooms.

It would never have oc­curred to any of them to pick up the in­ter­nal tele­phone to or­gan­ise an im­promptu fam­ily sup­per.

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