Country Life 8 November 2023

Country Life 8 November 2023 celebrates the 75th birthday of The King, takes an exclusive look inside St James's Palace and looks at the Royal Countryside Fund.

Here’s a closer look at what you’ll find in the issue.

Happy 75th birthday, Your Majesty

As the nation prepares for The King’s milestone celebration, Amie Elizabeth White reveals 75 fascinating things you may not know about Charles III

We can be rural heroes

Julie Harding meets a model, a comedian, a farmer, a hedge-layer and a former retail boss, all united in their praise for The King’s Royal Countryside Fund

A nursery palace

Simon Thurley chronicles the remarkable story of the modern home of the Court, as Country Life is afforded exclusive access to St James’s Palace in London

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Still standing after all these years

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A bundle of energy

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The good stuff

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