London Trivia: Diana loses Her Royal Highness

On 28 August 1996 Buckingham Palace issued a press release regarding the decree absolute of the divorce between the Prince and Princess of Wales. The press release stated that Diana had lost the style of Her Royal Highness and instead was styled Diana, Princess of Wales.

On 28 August 2003, a blackout put 500,000 people in the dark and shut down half the railways in London, lasting 34 minutes it was the biggest blackout in England since 1987

Winston Churchill attended the scene of the Siege of Sidney Street and narrowly escaped death when a stray bullet was fired through his hat

The first revolving public door in Europe was installed at the Midland Grand Hotel St Pancras in 1873 with 3 compartments to allow for dresses

Steve Mars a BMW fanatic, was buried beneath a life-sized replica M3 convertible in Manor Park Cemetery and a parking ticket was affixed

Above Quo Vadis-Dean Street is the bedsit Carl Marx described an old hovel so dirty that to sit down becomes a thoroughly dangerous business

Bizarrely, the film The Siege of Sidney Street (1960) was filmed in Dublin instead of Sidney Street as Dublin was more like Sidney Street

Regent Street was the location of one of the first late-night shopping events in 1850. Shopkeepers let their stores stay open until 7pm!

Bad weather meant the final two events in the London 1948 London Olympics were held at dusk, with athletes illuminated by car headlights

Waterloo Station is the largest Boris bike docking station. In 2015 bike number 16191 was the most ridden, 2nd was 15901; and 3rd 14630

Pure-finders got 8d a bucket (of dog faeces) from Bermondsey tanners But collecting a bucket may take 2 days so you would guard it all night

Rocky outcrops in St. James’s Park for pelicans to alight are artificial Pulhamite created by James Pulham who took secret recipe the grave

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