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The Queen's House by Edna Healey
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Aug 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: nooks-towers-and-turrets
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Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British monarchy since the 19th century. The core of the palace was a townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. In 1761, the townhouse was acquired by George III and it became the private residence of his wife, Queen Charlotte. The house eventually became known as "The Queen's House." The house was enlarged in the early 19th century and it became the official royal palace in 1837. Each reigning monarch has left his/her stamp on the palace and The Queen's House is the palace's story.

The Queen's House was an interesting read that was not only a history of Buckingham Palace but also a history of the people that lived there. No only did it talk about its construction, decorations and how it was run, the book was also part British history. Traces of British Royals can be found throughout the palace as they re-decorated or added furniture. For example, Prince Albert was influential in restructuring the organization of the household staff and offices, a new wing was added as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's family grew, Queen Alexandra redecorated the state rooms in a gold and cream color scheme that it retains today, and Queen Mary took a great interest in the Royal Collection of decorative arts....

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