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A RIGHT ROYAL SCANDAL?

THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY ARE NO STRANGERS TO SCANDAL, BUT WILL WE EVER KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT PRINCE ALBERT VICTOR? HISTORIAN AND NOVELIST JA WELLS SPECULATES ON ONE OF THE 18TH CENTURY’S MOST INTRIGUING COVER UPS.

A FORMAL PORTRAIT OF PRINCE ALBERT VICTOR, DUKE OF CLARENCE AND AVONDALE, ELDEST SON OF THE PRINCE OF WALES AND GRANDSON OF QUEEN VICTORIA.

During the summer of 1889, Prince Albert Victor’s name was conveniently omitted when a scandal broke in British newspapers.

A north London newspaper editor had authorised a report connecting Mr Henry James Fitzroy, Earl Of Euston to the goings on in a brothel in Cleveland Street, adjacent to Tottenham Court Road. When the Earl subsequently sued for libel, the story caught the interest of The Times.

The eldest son of the Duke Of Grafton, the Earl was strolling down Piccadilly one evening when a tout handed him a card printed with a name and address: Charles Hammond, 19 Cleveland Street, London. Invitingly declared under the name and the address was “Poses Plastiques”. The Earl put the card in his pocket. A week later, curiosity got the better of him and he paid Cleveland Street a visit.

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This month we celebrate the boys who say, “I do!” and all the fun that weddings can be. Ricky and Zak, Ivan and Chris, and Ben and Michael all share their special days with us. Our style guru makes suggestions on buying the suits, we take a trip to a bespoke ring maker, we meet wedding photographers and celebrants, plus we get a bit sexy with the groom’s hot brother! Yes campaigner, Alex Greenwich reveals some of the dirty tricks used by the No side during the postal survey and talks about how he coped with death threats and abuse. In Trouble In Paradise, we reconsider our travel plans – especially to parts of the world that are actively hostile to LGBT travellers. This important feature reveals where not to go and why. Opera singer and pop star Kyle Bielfield talks about the challenges facing creative artists, we revisit Madonna’s Ray Of Light 20 years on, and head back to the theatre for the latest gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We interview Tom Cocquerel about his latest role as Errol Flynn and chat with veteran actor Bruce L Hart about coming out in Hollywood before it was cool. Historically we take a look at the life of the quaintly queer Quentin Crisp as the final instalment of his autobiography hits the shelves, and we reveal some of the sordid details of The Cleveland Street Scandal – read all about the prince and the rent boys! Sexy boys in this issue include cover star Dmitry Tumash and Francesco Della Vedova. Plus, in the Digital version, you’ll find 50 extra pages of pin-ups and amazing Sydney Mardi Gras photographs.