By Tom Quinn
From humble beginnings as a shopkeeper's son in Coventry to 'Page of the Backstairs' at Clarence apartment, William Tallon, or 'Backstairs Billy' as he got here to be recognized, continually knew he used to be destined for a existence within the royal circle. A fierce collector and fan of all issues on the topic of the royal kinfolk, at the same time a small boy Billy used to be serious about this glamorous global of pageantry and extra.
Charming, unswerving, promiscuous and in ownership of a very depraved feel of humour, Billy entered royal provider on the age of fifteen and, over the following fifty years, turned essentially the most infamous figures, and such a lot striking characters, ever to have graced the royal family. even if nominally a servant, over the years Billy turned one of many past due Queen Mother's so much depended on neighbors and confidants. whereas others got here and went, Billy was once the only servant the Queen mom simply couldn't do with no. She loved him, and he her, possibly due to his excessive camp sort or his witty and provocative comments in regards to the well-born equerries, royal press humans and advisers.
Sometimes scandalous, frequently stunning, regularly pleasing, Backstairs Billy is the interesting lifestyles tale of the guy who spent greater than part a century operating for one of many world's so much elusive associations, giving us a unprecedented glimpse of what lifestyles within the British royal family members is admittedly like...
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An experienced polar traveler, Amundsen prepared carefully for the 16 Right Running Head Roald Amudsen (right) after planting the Norwegian flag in the frozen tundra of the South Pole. Imagno/Hulton Archive/ Getty Images coming journey, making a preliminary trip to deposit food supplies along the first part of his route to the pole and back. To transport his supplies, he used sled dogs, while Scott depended on motorized sledges and Siberian ponies, both of which soon failed. Amundsen set out with 4 companions, 52 dogs, and 4 sledges on October 19, 1911, and, after encountering good weather, arrived at the South Pole on December 14.
The base he set up there was 60 miles (100 km) closer to the pole than the Antarctic base of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who was heading a rival expedition with the same goal. An experienced polar traveler, Amundsen prepared carefully for the 16 Right Running Head Roald Amudsen (right) after planting the Norwegian flag in the frozen tundra of the South Pole. Imagno/Hulton Archive/ Getty Images coming journey, making a preliminary trip to deposit food supplies along the first part of his route to the pole and back.
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