Blenheim Palace pays its Royal dues...

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The 1946 standard is on display at Blenheim Palace - The Queen keeps the other 300...<br />
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Blenheim Palace prepares to pay its Royal dues….Historic standard of the 'Sun King' is presented annually to the Queen in lieu of rent.<br />
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The 300 year old tradition will be upheld this week when officials from Blenheim Palace travel to Windsor Castle.<br />
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Each year representatives of the Duke of Marlborough present a French royal standard to the Superintendent of the Castle in lieu of rent.<br />
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Only Blenheim Palace and the Duke of Wellington's estate at Stratfield Saye are afforded the 'Quit rent standard' in thanks for their respective victories over the old enemy, France.<br />
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Blenheim's standard is always presented in the week leading up to the anniversary of the First Duke’s historic victory over Louis XIV at the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704.<br />
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Although Blenheim Palace was paid for by public subscription, the land it is on was a former Royal hunting lodge and in theory if the standards are not delivered the Queen could reclaim her former estate.