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Offline Owain

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The Queen
« on: March 27, 2020, 02:14:25 PM »
The Queen is on the telephone to the Prime Minister.

I'm a little surprised as the ventilation slots suggest a 746 but the cord suggests an 8746 or ... an illicitly converted 746?

Twitter link at
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2020, 03:47:41 PM »
Man! that's a hulk of a phone!

Offline FABphones

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Re: The Queen
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2020, 06:46:30 PM »
Note the front of phone is turned away from camera.
I recall hearing some time ago that phones in the British royal households do not have dials. Calls are made on behalf of/put through, by the household staff.

(and I think that may be a stock photo too).
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 05:48:55 AM »
More photos of H.M. on the telephone.

Phones include a Bakelite GPO 200/300 telephone, an AEI/Siemens ‘Horseshoe’ telephone, the GPO 700 series and holding what looks like a W.E. (G3?) handset.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2020, 09:32:30 AM by FABphones »
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2020, 06:17:02 AM »
Photographed with her father George VI (first photo), and GPO 200 series telephones. 300 series telephone to far left of desk in second photo.

First 200 series telephone probably red, both phones have GPO #26 Bellsets underneath.
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 07:18:00 AM »
I do like photos of the Queen using old telephones - thanks for posting, Owain & Fab.

I think it is safe to say that Her Majesty is an admirer of classic rotary phones, though she looks rather doubtful about the AEG  AEI Horseshoe phone in that picture.

The photo of HM with a 700 series and a rather attractive scarf is from the official introduction of Subscriber Trunk Dialling.....

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/queen-dials-edinburgh
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 08:07:10 AM »
The telephone in the first photo on this thread is an 8756.
For comparison, photo below of rear of mine from a similar angle (phone dated 1983).
Photo to front of mine shows 10 button keypad.
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2020, 08:43:00 AM »

I think it is safe to say that Her Majesty is an admirer of classic rotary phones, though she looks rather doubtful about the AEG Horseshoe phone in that picture.

Not going to be a bean counter but AEG is a different beast. The phone shown is a Siemens Brothers/AEI centenary neophone:
https://www.britishtelephones.com/siemensb/cenneo.htm

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Re: The Queen
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2020, 09:34:06 AM »
...The phone shown is a Siemens Brothers/AEI centenary neophone:
https://www.britishtelephones.com/siemensb/cenneo.htm

Typo fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.  :-[  :)
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2020, 09:55:58 AM »
Nice to see that the queen's tellingbone is just as filthy as most of the ones on ebay!!!  ;D

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Re: The Queen
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2020, 10:18:31 AM »
and holding what looks like a W.E. (G3?) handset.

Good eye Fab. This is from the Facebook page of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL. USA

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Re: The Queen
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2020, 10:21:29 AM »
Nice to see that the queen's tellingbone is just as filthy as most of the ones on ebay!!!  ;D

Sure that’s not my one? ;D   Building works here mean everything is permanently grubby and no phones getting any attention until I can refind stuff and put everything in it’s (new) place.
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2020, 05:32:07 AM »
...I recall hearing some time ago that phones in the British royal households do not have dials. Calls are made on behalf of/put through, by the household staff.

A photo of H.M. showing a GPO 706 telephone from the front. No dial (zoomed in, apol for poor quality of pic).

The (W.E.?) phone shown on this third photo is interesting. Supposedly ‘at a desk in Buckingham Palace’. 1959. If so I would suspect it was a gift and is for display purposes only.
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2020, 10:08:52 AM »
The telephone in the first photo on this thread is an 8756.
For comparison, photo below of rear of mine from a similar angle (phone dated 1983).
Photo to front of mine shows 10 button keypad.

I don't think you can be sure it is an 8756 as the case is the same whether they have a dial (8746), pulse keypad (8756), or tone keypad (8782). I'm not sure what the CB version number is, but the case is also the same one.
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Re: The Queen
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2020, 02:18:39 PM »
She has the sweetest smile.  It's always a pleasure to see it. 
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