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Quiz about Clarence House
Quiz about Clarence House

Clarence House Trivia Quiz


Clarence House is one of many Royal residences located in London. How much do you know about it?

A multiple-choice quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
400,761
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
382
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. On which well-known thoroughfare is Clarence House located? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The building of Clarence House was commissioned by the Duke of Clarence in the 1820s. He went on to become king under which name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Clarence House is situated adjacent to, and shares gardens with, which other London palace? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which member of the Royal family lived at Clarence House for nearly fifty years from the mid 1950s? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. During World War II, Clarence House was used by the Red Cross as its headquarters.


Question 6 of 10
6. The design of Clarence House was the work of which man? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which member of the Royal family was born in Clarence House in 1950? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. During the 1930s, the library of SOAS, part of the University of London, was kept at Clarence House. For what does the letter A stand in SOAS? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Clarence House is open to public visitors during which month of the year? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Clarence House became the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2003. In which county is his main home, Highgrove House, situated? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. On which well-known thoroughfare is Clarence House located?

Answer: The Mall

The Mall is the road that runs from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the monarch. The name is derived from an early game called pall-mall, an early form of croquet.

Regent Street and Oxford Street are better known for being shopping areas, and Downing Street is home to the residences of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer.
2. The building of Clarence House was commissioned by the Duke of Clarence in the 1820s. He went on to become king under which name?

Answer: William IV

William was the third son of George III, who was monarch rather earlier, during the time of the American Revolution. William succeeded his older brother, George IV, on the throne. William IV ruled from 1830 until 1837, and had no surviving legitimate children. He was succeeded by his niece, Victoria.

George IV ruled from 1820 until 1830 and had only one daughter, who died in childbirth in 1817. Edward VII was a twentieth-century monarch.
3. Clarence House is situated adjacent to, and shares gardens with, which other London palace?

Answer: St James's Palace

St James's dates from Tudor times, having been built on the orders of Henry VIII. It was used as the official London residence of the monarch until being superseded by Buckingham Palace. It was in St James's that the body of Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid in state prior to her funeral.

Kensington Palace is home to many members of the Royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the time of writing. Lambeth Palace is the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Savoy Palace, home of John of Gaunt, was burnt down in 1381 during the Peasants' Revolt.
4. Which member of the Royal family lived at Clarence House for nearly fifty years from the mid 1950s?

Answer: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Following the death of her husband, George VI, and the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mum, as she was affectionately known, moved to Clarence House. She lived there from 1953 until her death in 2002 aged 101. Princess Margaret lived with her for a while, but moved to Kensington Palace, which has also housed, at varying times, the other Royal family members listed.
5. During World War II, Clarence House was used by the Red Cross as its headquarters.

Answer: True

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, had been living there but died in 1942. King George VI agreed that the building could be used by both the Red Cross and St John's Ambulance Brigade as their headquarters. This period was during the bombing raids on London, when the services of both organizations were much in demand.
6. The design of Clarence House was the work of which man?

Answer: John Nash

Of the four options, only Nash was alive at the relevant time. He was the prominent architect of the time, with many of the buildings he designed still standing. These include Buckingham Palace, the Haymarket Theatre, which he redesigned, and the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

Inigo Jones was from much earlier - he died in 1652. Lutyens was born in 1869 and Spence in 1907.
7. Which member of the Royal family was born in Clarence House in 1950?

Answer: Princess Anne

After their marriage in 1947, Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne, and her husband Prince Philip lived at Clarence House. Their first child, Charles, was born in 1948 at Buckingham Palace, with Anne arriving two years later. She was named Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise.

In 1987, she was given the title of Princess Royal, which is given only to the oldest daughter of the monarch, and is now officially known as Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal.
8. During the 1930s, the library of SOAS, part of the University of London, was kept at Clarence House. For what does the letter A stand in SOAS?

Answer: African

The full name of this institute of learning is the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, but it is widely known just by its initials. The school was founded in 1916 as the School for Oriental Studies with the purpose being to teach the British people destined to work in Africa and Asia the languages of the nations they were going to. The school was housed in temporary accommodation in the 1930s while waiting for completion of new premises. During this time, the extensive library belonging to SOAS was moved to Clarence House.

Generally speaking, the British don't need to learn a new language to communicate with Americans or Australians, although I sometimes wonder.
9. Clarence House is open to public visitors during which month of the year?

Answer: August

Of course, open to the public does not mean unlimited access to all areas. The hoi polloi are allowed to see five different rooms on the ground floor, The tour starts in the garden, before visiting the Lancaster Room, the Morning Room, the Library, the Dining Room and the Garden Room.
10. Clarence House became the official London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2003. In which county is his main home, Highgrove House, situated?

Answer: Gloucestershire

Clarence House is also where Charles's offices and staff are based. His sons, Princes William and Harry, also used the building although both are now based elsewhere. The country home of Charles and Camilla is in Gloucestershire, near Tetbury. It is officially owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Gloucestershire, particularly the Cotswolds, is a favourite area with the Royal family, with the Princess Royal's home, Gatcombe Park, also being there.
Source: Author rossian

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