Crown officials granted permission for a large office building to be erected on the Carleton House terrace block overlooking the Mall. Reporters quickly discovered that such a building will impair the view from Buckingham Palace. The Daily Express immediately recalled an interview with Viscount Esher (son-in-law of New York's August Heckscher) in which he said:

"King George's dream is to sell Buckingham Palace and with the money to reconstruct Kensington Palace as a town residence."

Kensington Palace was the girlhood home of both Queen Mary and Queen Victoria. Their Majesties believe it far...

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