First festivity sold out

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Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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ONE of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities events has already sold out.

Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, will give a talk, hold a question and answer session and book signing as well as read some of her acclaimed poems to a full house at the David Russell Theatre at the Portsmouth Grammar School on Friday, June 20.

Tickets went on sale last week.

It is one of the first of 90 events in the 2014 festivities, which run from June 20 to June 29.