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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
9th April 1978 S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was born in Southgate,
9th April 1914 World, Flesh and the Devil, the 1st colour film, shown in London.
9th April 1906 Labour Leader Hugh Gaitskell was born in Kensington.
9th April 1838 The National Gallery opens in its new home off Trafalgar Square.
9th April 1413 The Coronation of Henry V in Westminster Abbey.
9th April 1269 Edmund of Crouchback, son of King Henry III was married to Lady Aveline de Forz in Westminster Abbey.
Cecil Beaton lived here
The London home of photographer and fashion icon Cecil Beaton.
Location: 8 Pelham Place, Kensington
Description: Sir Cecil 'Walter Hardy' Beaton CBE (19041980) was a famous fashion, portrait and war photographer. He was also an acclaimed interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for cinema and the stage.
He lived primarily in rural Wiltshire but in 1947 he bought this townhouse as his London base. He and his mother both used it and many celebrities visited.
There's a great photograph of model Twiggy standing on a vase stand inside for Vogue in 1967, and another of artists Gilbert and George taken in the doorway here in June 1974.
On the 10th April 1968, The Queen Mother visited Beaton here as a dinner party guest which also include Roy Strong and Sir John Astor.