Palace Lose

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Buckingham Palace lost out in a minor tussle with the Government over the name of the Forth Road Bridge. Suggestions included The Queen's Bridge, and The Queen's Forth Bridge, which was favoured by Sir Martin Charteris, assistant private secretar y to the Queen.

They also included The Queensferry Passage, favoured by the Provost of Queensferry.

A Scottish Office note of July 28 said the Secretary of State discussed the matter briefly with the Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas Home "and has told me that the Prime Minister feels, and the Secretary of State himself agrees, that the name should be known as the Forth Road Bridge".

Told the next day, Sir Martin said that was "quite acceptable".