Today is the 102nd anniversary of Titanic’s maiden voyage tragedy
On 14 April 1912 at 11.40pm the Titanic collided with an iceberg. The impact caused underwater damaged to the ships first six compartments, the first five flooding out of control.
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Inside the Foreign Office: Dubar Court
Durbar Court is the creation of the architect, Matthew Digby Wyatt. It was constructed in 1866 and assumed its current name in 1902 when some of the Coronation celebrations of King Edward VII were held there. Durbar Court did not have a roof initially, the glazed cast iron roof was added in 1868 and typified Wyatt’s design.
6 months before the second World War Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud enacted the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet during a reception for the French president, attended by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
During the second World War the atrium fell into disrepair, the Communications department shared the court with pigeons in abysmal conditions. Finally refurbishments began in 1984 and Wyatt’s original design was restored three years later. These days, Durbar Court stages various events, exhibitions, receptions.
Did You Know?
Prince Harry’s title is His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. His full name is Henry Charles Albert David. Of course, he is commonly known as Prince Harry.
Did You Know…
The original copies of Canterbury Tales were printed in 1477 by William Caxton, who originally introduced the printing press in England. One of these first copies is still in private hands and when it was sold in an auction on July 8, 1998, for £4,621,500, it became the most expensive book ever sold.
Did You Know?
The tradition of decorating Jack O’ Lanterns comes from the British Isles. The Irish and Scottish Gaels first carved large turnips during the festival of Samhain. Immigrants brought the tradition to the US where pumpkins were more readily available. Happy Halloween!