Proud Sunderland royalist creates history of the monarchy

Raymond Taylor Duncan with one of his 42 volumes recording the life of Her Majesty the Queen.

Raymond Taylor Duncan with one of his 42 volumes recording the life of Her Majesty the Queen.

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A PROUD royalist has spent his life creating a treasured history of the monarchy.

Raymond Taylor Duncan, 70, has created a staggering 42 volumes documenting the complete history of the Queen, her relatives, her homes and her history.

His life-long fascination was fuelled when, as a youngster, Mr Duncan, who was brought up in a children’s home, was allowed a rare day out with his parents.

His dad bought him a replica model of the golden coach the Queen used on her wedding day and since carefully constructing it, he has chronicled all things regal.

Mr Duncan said: “It was my pride and joy and ended up going on display in Sunderland’s old town hall. From then on, the Queen has been my obsession.

“I’ve followed everywhere she’s been, her life story and have compiled these volumes containing written details and pictures about every detail of her life.”

As well as putting together several volumes on the life of the Queen, he has books on the Queen Mother’s life, the story of the Windsor family, the coronation, King Edward VIII and King George VI.

Now Mr Duncan, who moved to Newcastle six years ago after living in Thorney Close and Ryhope, wants to donate his collection to a Sunderland school in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so he can share his knowledge.

“I would love to donate them to a school,” he said. “I’m 70 now and I’ve got no family, so I’d like to pass on my hard work so it can be used as a history of the Royal Family. I would hate to think that it would all be thrown out and go to waste.”

One of Mr Duncan proudest moments was in 1954 when, as a Boy Scout, he attended a visit to Sunderland by the Queen.

“I was the scout who stood at the door of the town hall to let them in when she arrived,” he said.

“She passed and I saluted and I remember she was in awe of the chandelier that used to be in there.”

Any schools who would like to display Mr Duncan’s book can contact Marissa Carruthers on 501 7147.

Twitter: @sunechochief

Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952.

On December 21, 2007 she became our oldest reigning monarch having outlived Queen Victoria who died on January 22, 1901 aged 81.

She will have to reign until September 10, 2015, when she will be 89 to reign longer than Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and 216 days from 1837 to 1901.