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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Chelsea Register Office
This building saw Judy Garland's marriage vows.
Location: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road
Description: One of London's most celebrated registry offices it's seen Judy Garland's marriage to Micky Deans in 1969, only months before the singer's tragic death in London.
Another poignant entry in the scrapbook is the marriage in 1928 of Mrs Wallis Simpson, which later prevented her next husband, Edward VIII, from remaining King making her the Duchess of Windsor.
Prince Pavlos of Greece also got married here.
In sport the former Arsenal footballer Patrick Vieira tied the knot here.
After 28 years as a couple, Thorn married her partner Ben Watt in 2009 at Chelsea Registry Office.
Also in music, the fifth Beatle Neil Aspinall married here.
Chelsea Register Office is still one of the hippest places to get married. All rooms are luxurious and the office can cater for parties of four to 40.