Talk:St James's Palace

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Abbreviations[edit]

The official website of the palace lists it as St. James Palace. With a period. Perhaps the site should be updated to reflect this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.23.215.180 (talk) 15:30, 15 July 2011 (UTC)


Possessive case[edit]

Why why oh why is there an s after the apostrophe in all of these articles? Is there some kind of Wikipedia ruling saying that all articles with a possessive ending in s must be misspelt? The possessive form in the English language is "'s", except when the word ends in s, in which case only the apostrophe should be present. -- DBD 19:24, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

I thought everyone knew that St. James's is correct. Pronounced "s'nJAMEsis". --Wetman 21:17, 19 August 2006 (UTC)
Forgive me, but I've never heard that before. Slightly miffed I am - why is this so? -- DBD 21:29, 19 August 2006 (UTC)
Probably because the Court of St. James's is unaware of Wikipedia's rules. --Wetman 03:46, 20 August 2006 (UTC)
Wikipedia's rules? Surely the pedia has nothing to do with it - it's an issue of the rules of English grammar! -- DBD 08:14, 20 August 2006 (UTC)
You mean, the rules that allow names that end in 's' to have 's on the end? *innocent look* James's, Thomas's, so I was taught. Skittle 22:28, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
I have always believed that the extra "s" is not used when the name ends in "s". The Wikipedia article on apostrophes pretends to address the issue, but doesn't really. In any case, I never use an "s" after the apostrophe for my own name (Travis)... but conventions may be different in wacky Ol' England. Us Yanks do everything wrong. LordAmeth 12:49, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
Doubtless everyone is aware that the 's is an elision of his, viz "Saint James his Palace". Whether the transition was effected in the fifteenth or the sixteenth century I don't know. --Wetman 18:32, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Look, in the olden days an 's' was added after the appostrophe. Now, we usually skip out the extra 's'. This palace has, I believe, had its name since the aforementioned "olden days". —anskas 00:44, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Correct form is to add an additional 's' after the appostrophe where the first 's' is part of the word or name. Apostrophe without any 's' is only correct if added to a plural. 82.153.105.112 00:19, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Quite so. Only plurals loose the post-apostrophe s. It was refreshing to see J K Rowling use the correct possessive "Sirus's" etc. in her books MrMarmite (talk) 13:03, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Pronunciation?[edit]

of St James's Palace and of "Sirius's". Is it

  • /Saint-James/ and /Si.ri.us/
  • or /Saint-Jame-ses/ and /Si.ri.yu.ses/?

I think you don't speak /Si.ri.us.s/ in the end. --Schwab7000 (talk) 17:38, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

White Eagle of England medal[edit]

Good Day,

I am doing some research on an object of interest which was called "White Eagle of England" medallion/medal/decoration. It was supposed to have been awarded in the early 1920's at the Court of St. James. The only information I have is the medal appears to look like the French Medal of Honor, but with more edges. I am sorry I can't give more details, but possibly you might know of it from information more available to you. Are you familiar with it or could you please suggest where I might be able to locate someone who could assist me? I do appreciate any assistance you can give me. Thank you, Gary

According to Royal Residences 'http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page589.asp'St. James's Palace is still the official residence of the Sovereign.

Kip Picture[edit]

The picture shows "The Mall" not "Pall Mall" surely? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.69.91.165 (talk) 22:58, 8 October 2008 (UTC)

Engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton[edit]

I will ad a section or add info on the engagement of Prince William & Katie Middleton wrt St James palace if no-one has any objections, Thanks Zylog79 (talk) 18:38, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Contradictory Sentences[edit]

Second sentence, "... it has remained the official residence of the Sovereign" is contradictory to " ending St James's status as the official residence of the monarch." The contradictory sentence is located in the second to last sentence under 'History'. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.186.40.105 (talk) 04:07, 27 March 2011 (UTC)