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16th August

1960 Britain Gave Cyprus its independence
2001 Former Butler to Princess Diana Paul Burrell
The dome of the Old Bailey justice courts London
The dome of the Old Bailey justice courts London

1960 Britain Gave Cyprus its independence

For a bit of a time trip back to what Cyprus was like in the mid-1960s, see the Pathe film.

2001 Former Butler to Princess Diana Paul Burrell Not Guilty

The former royal butler had been charged with theft of around just over 300  items that had a value of around £5m that had belonged to the Princess of Wales. The trial continued and took interesting turn of events. The items that the butler was alleged to have stolen ranged from photographs , vinyl records ,clothing, ornaments ,letters, tapes handbags, jewellery, night ware, hats ,crockery ,commemorative coins, cards, items that had sentimental value or had belonged to Prince William. Burrell denied the charges. In 2002 Burrell was found not guilty as the queen had forwarded the message that she had remembered that Burrell had told her that he was keeping some of Diana’s possessions, for safekeeping. Many wondered why the Queen had not said anything before. Court cases do not divulge information these items were not belonging to Buckingham Palace or the Queen. So people not directly involved would not have been briefed. Details of the case would not have been made until the trail had started. The Trial could not go ahead once the message from the Queen had been submitted because up until that point it was believed Burrell had never told anyone he had these items. The Whole fiasco was costly and a complicated scandal.

The dome of the Old Bailey justice courts London
The dome of the Old Bailey justice courts London

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