Was it bombed or demolished? The mystery behind the house where Queen Elizabeth II was born


Is up to date the british monarch who reigned for more years, 69, but the birth of Elizabeth II took place far from the palace walls. On April 21, 1926 the sovereign was born in a common house at 17 Bruton Street, in the central London neighborhood of Mayfair. As the first-born of the youngest son of King George V, it was not expected then that he would come to occupy the throne and his parents moved to that building a few weeks before his arrival in the world.

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However, the course of events made that place, today disappeared, became a target of the curious and on which there are different theories that now, the british chain BBC, doubts.

The house in question disappeared and, as indicated Wikipedia was demolished after being hit by German bombardments over the English capital during World War II. The television network disputes that claim. and points out how a “heap” of documents from the British Library and other archives shows that the 18th century house disappeared even before the war started. “It was the real estate developers, much more ruthless than the airstrikes, who took down the queen’s first house”, says the article published on its website.

Apparently, in 1937, “A man with a top hat and frock coat” would have started the demolitions of that building and others adjoining and although then there were plans, to build a hotel, ended up building a commercial and office complex. In case there were still any doubts, the BBC notes that a note from a surveyor dated May 1939 and preserved at the London Metropolitan Archives, confirms that the house had been demolished and that “its site is part of what Berkeley Square House was built on.”

Queen Elizabeth II's mother, the Duchess of York, leaves 17 Bruton street on her way to her daughter's christening


Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, the Duchess of York, leaves 17 Bruton street on the way to her daughter’s christening (E. BACON (GETTY) /)

The thesis that the place that gave birth to Isabel II It was the pasture of the violence of the war, it is not the only one that the chain demolishes. Many believe that in the place where Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon gave birth to the monarch there is now an Asian restaurant. Not just anyone on the other hand, but one of the most famous in London, Hakkasan, a place where the Spanish chef Dabiz Muñoz worked and whose cuisine influenced (and greatly) the gastronomic proposal of the Madrilenian. Again, this story is not entirely true.

The well-known establishment does indeed have the same address – 17 Bruton Street – but also a boarded-up section of office on the same block and a glass-fronted corporate entrance and reception area right next door. That is to say, This entire sprawling commercial block is built on what in the 1920s would have been a row of single-family and private homes and it is the corporate entrance that is located in the closest place to the original location of number 17 of the street.

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As shown in archives at the London Metropolitan Archive, Clerkenwell, the missing building would have been around said access, with the facade extending into what is now a showroom for cars sold by Bugattis and Bentleys. Even so, one end of the Asian restaurant would have been superimposed on the place where the house was located, a curiosity that does not go unnoticed for the local diners. “It is a very interesting topic of conversation, which falls well among our clients “says the manager of Hakkasan, Sharon Wightman.

One of the plaques that marks the place where Elizabeth II of England was born on April 21, 1926


One of the plates that marks the place where Elizabeth II of England was born on April 21, 1926 (CHRIS RATCLIFFE (GETTY) /)

Despite questions about where the house in which he was born was actually located, there are two plaques that commemorate the place of birth, including one from Westminster City Hall. Both were moving as the place was transformed and are currently. There are few places in London that can boast of having welcomed her grandparents, the then monarchs George V and María de Teck, who recorded in her diary that the little girl was “dear, with a charming complexion and very blond hair”. And of That building also went down to the altar the queen’s mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in April 1923, to marry the Duke of York.

The same year of her birth, the queen and her parents moved to a larger house in Piccadilly, although thanks to a newspaper of the time it is known that the room in which the delivery took place was “one of the least ornate, but also one of the sunniest ”. There are few places in London that can boast of having hosted within its walls a future king and queen, but curiously this place, which today belongs to the royal family of Abu Dhabi, is practically on the fringes of the tourist circuits.


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