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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.
24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)
24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)
24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).
24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.
Queen's Gate School
A pop superstar and a Royal once attended this school
Location: 133 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LE
Description: 'Twinkle' (born Lynn Annette Ripley, 15 July 1948, Surbiton, England) is an English singer-songwriter from the 1960's. Her most famous songs were 'Terry' and 'Golden Lights'.
She was born into a wealthy upper-class family in Surbiton, Surrey, the youngest daughter of a Tory councillor.
And it was at this school - 'Queen's Gate Girls School' in Kensington - that she attended alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Her hit 'Terry' which reached number 4 in the UK in November 1964, and which was banned by the BBC for it's death based content, as pop myth has it, was based on a Sunday outing in the family Rolls when the 16-year-old Twinkle watched in wonder as a biker gang overtook her. Returning home she wrote 'Terry', her debut single on Decca, a hymnal pop ballad to a dead biker boyfriend.
Other alumni of Queen's Gate School include Nigella Lawson, actresses Tilda Swinton, Imogen Poots, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Saunders, fashion designer Trinny Woodall.
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