Queen’s ‘strange’ childhood where she lived in ‘palace with number and no name’

The Queen and her sister Princess Margaret lived in a “palace with a number and no name” when they were growing up, two royal experts have revealed.

The two young girls at the time lived in the five-storey townhouse named 145 Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park in central London, along with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, until 1936.

The house was destroyed in 1940 during World War Two and now is the site for the five-star InterContinental London Park Lane, the Daily Express reports.

Hosts of Podcast Royal chatted with Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito of Royally Obsessed, on their new book, Royal Trivia: Your Guide to the Modern British Royal Family.

Bowie and Fiorito were asked what surprised them when researching for their book, with the latter saying: "One of the things I love learning about was the Queen and her formative years.

"One of the trivia questions asks about her younger years before, you know, we knew that her dad would one day be king, and that her uncle would step down and abdicate.

"And so one of the things is that she lived in a palace with a number and no name."

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Bowie added: "It was called 145 Piccadilly, and it's the place where they grew up, and it was very much low security, which is just so crazy to imagine now.

"There was even a doorbell right next to the door that said there was a button for visitors and there was a button for the home and so it just feels really interesting to kind of peek back into her history and learn a little bit more about the Queen Her Majesty."

A detailed account of the interiors by Jane Dismore, author of Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, has given an insight into the incredible family home.

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Dismore claimed the hallway reportedly featured pale green columns and soft brown carpet that led to the morning room.

She said: “It did not embrace the fashionable designs of the 1920s. It featured chintz-covered armchairs and a Persian carpet, while windows looked onto the garden."

"The ground floor was also home to her father’s study and a dining room that could accommodate thirty guests, while the first floor housed her mother’s bedroom and boudoir."

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The home also featured "a ballroom, a library, and twenty-four more bedrooms.”

Dismore added: "Elizabeth and Margaret had their own night and day nurseries on the top floor, decorated with red carpets, fireplaces and armchairs."

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

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