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Did you know that Leeds Castle near Maidstone is sometimes referred to as Ladiesí Castle because so many Queens of England have lived there? Eleanor of Castile and Margaret of France, Edward Iís two wives; Philippa of Hainault the wife of Edward III; Catherine de Valois, Henry Vís spouse; Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII (or not, your view in his reign depending on survival instincts); and even his daughter Elizabeth, the future Queen, all resided at the lovely castle at one time or another.

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Carol McGiffin
Mackenize Crook
Robert Fisk
William Hazlitt

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston Churchill
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On this day:
The Bank of England becomes Insolvent - 1797, First £1 Note Issued - 1797, First Grand National - 1839, Heroic HMS Birkenhead Sinks - 1852, Churchill Announces British Atom Bomb - 1952, Shelton Hospital Fire - 1968, Barings Bank Collapses - 1995
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