Ribbentrop was preceded at the Court of St James by a NaziSceptic, von Hoesch, who died prematurely aged 55 in 1936. His Swastika-draped coffin was carried down York Stairs to the Mall by bare-headed Guardsmen; the Horse Artillery fired a salute in the park, and he was driven on a gun carriage escorted by the diplomatic corps in Swan feathers and court dress, the Guards' band and the RHA to a waiting German destroyer to convey him home. A spiteful Hitler had him buried as a nobody, with only a single foreign ministry representative present.
|Former German Embassy at 8 - 9 Carlton House Terrace|
|von Hoesch's cortege moves down the Mall, 1936|
|Ribbentrop's pompous interiors replaced Nash|
|Albert Speer's 'Germania' style in Carlton House Terrace|