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US News William’s children could write history, Lady Antonia Fraser says

16:25  14 june  2018
16:25  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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''All the children turned out clever,'' says Lady Longford, ''but Antonia was the most precocious of them all.'' It' s exactly what people think they say to each other.'' While continuing to write histories , Lady Antonia created a diversion for herself by writing mysteries.

My History by Antonia Fraser , 9781780227948, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. You can 't help admiring this very grand lady -- Vanessa Berridge * DAILY EXPRESS * It is at its most engaging when she describes her own writing process, her deep fascination for history

Lady Antonia Fraser from London is made a Companion of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London. © Getty Lady Antonia Fraser from London is made a Companion of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

The Duke of Cambridge’s children could be budding historians, Lady Antonia Fraser has told him.

Lady Antonia, famed for her biographies and marriage to playwright Harold Pinter, returned to Buckingham Palace to become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

Despite having already been made a dame, she admitted feeling “just as nervous” ahead her return trip to Buckingham Palace where she received recognition for services to literature.

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Lady Antonia Fraser 1932–. English biographer, historian , and novelist. Fraser ' s taste for history and writing is deep-rooted. Born August 27, 1932, the eldest of eight children , Antonia Fraser is the daughter of Francis Aungier Pakenham, a politician and writer , and the 7th Earl of Longford (a

Lady Antonia Fraser . Antonia Fraser ' s memoir describes growing up in the 1930 s and 1940 s but its real concern is with her growing love of History . The fascination began as a child - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes , 'for me

Prince George and Princess Charlotte visiting baby brother Louis (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) © Press Association Prince George and Princess Charlotte visiting baby brother Louis (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) “It is a great honour, and it’s a pleasure,” she said.

The historian said William had been keen to know whether her interest in the subject began in childhood, telling how his own children are avid readers.

She said: “He asked me whether I’d always been interested in history as a child and so I said: ‘Yes, I used to write history as a child, so look out’, meaning your (William’s) own children.

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“And he said his own children are always reading books. He was very sweet and charming, as a father.”

The prince also joked that he had been gently scolded by his own father for not reading enough history, she said.

“He said his father, the Prince of Wales, said he didn’t read enough history and I said well that can be remedied,” she said, laughing.

“He was altogether delightful, natural.”

Sir Mark Lyall Grant picked up his award (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Press Association Sir Mark Lyall Grant picked up his award (Jonathan Brady/PA) Also honoured were former national security adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant, awarded a Knight Grand Cross under the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, for his services to UK foreign and national security policy.

Sir Mark, who retired last year, said: “It’s a very special privilege to receive the honour at the end of my public career, my Government career.

“As I move to a new phase of my life it’s very nice to feel that I’ve been recognised for the things I’ve done over the last 35 years working for the Government.”

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In 1956, Lady Antonia married the Scottish MP Hugh Fraser and by the mid-Sixties was beginning to surface after a decade of child -rearing. You can 't do that,' Antonia said cheekily; `you're much too moral!

From BBC Radio 4 - Book at the Week: The early life of historian Lady Antonia Fraser . The fascination began as a child - and developed into an enduring passion. She writes The focus is firmly on Antonia Fraser ' s love of history and what history means to her.

Sir Craig Mackey, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, said he still felt shocked to have been knighted for his services to policing.

He said: “(I am) a little bit still in shock, excited, very proud and very proud for policing.”

Bazil Meade after the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Press Association Bazil Meade after the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)

He said the honour is one he accepted on behalf of all those who work to keep the country safe.

He said: “This is about policing.

“There are very, very many men and women across the country who do an outstanding job on a daily basis and I’m fortunate to be part of that team.”

Bazil Meade, of the London Community Gospel Choir, some members of which had sung at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said William described the performance at St George’s Chapel last month as “amazing”.

Mr Meade, made an MBE for his services to the development of British Gospel music, said he felt it had been a “powerful statement” to have a gospel choir at a British royal wedding.

Sir Craig Mackey said his honour was for the whole police service (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Press Association Sir Craig Mackey said his honour was for the whole police service (Jonathan Brady/PA)

He said: “I think it was such a powerful statement having a gospel choir involved because we are at the heart of the African Caribbean community and it shows to the world the diversity that is present here.

“It has done a great deal I think to bring the royal family into the heart of the people.”

A minute’s silence was observed in Buckingham Palace’s ballroom, where the investiture ceremony took place, in memory of those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire.

William observed the silence, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that claimed 72 lives, privately ahead of the ceremony which began shortly after 11am.

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