Kensington Palace, the childhood home on Queen Victoria and the official residence of HRH Prince William and Katherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In existence since 1605, today the Palce is split in two parts. One part – the State Apartments are open as a museum managed by Historic Royal Palaces and the other part… Read More Kensington Palace and its women.
Buckingham Palace In 1861, when Prince Albert died, the royal residence of Buckingham Palace fell silent. So silent in fact that someone placed a notice on its gates saying “These commanding premises to be let or sold, in consequence of the late occupant’s declining business”. Victoria was so distraught she did not want to enter… Read More House – Palace – Icon
Part 2 – N-Z N- New Year 1604 King James would spend Christmas and New Year of 1604-5 at Hampton Court. Included in the festivities would be a performance of a Midsummer’s Nights Dream (my favourite Shakespeare play) in the Great Hall by the Kings Men whose dramatist was none other than William Shakespeare. O-… Read More An A-Z of Hampton Court
Part 1 – A-M This week I wanted to look at the history of another of London’s great Royal Palaces – Hampton Court. As you can guess there is a lot to tell and I could not decide what to choose so I decided to do something a little different for my Main Monday post… Read More An A-Z of Hampton Court Palace
I love visiting the ruins of a castle or abbey. There is something hauntingly beautiful about them, small fragments of the past that have survived. Yes, there are sites like the Tower of London that survived the centuries through restoration and rebuilds, but ruins – they are the skeletons of these ancient buildings. Readers of… Read More Whitehall Palace – the remains
Part 1 – The Medieval Palace of Westminster The Houses of Parliament – a UNESCO heritage site and seen by millions every year. It is the home of the English government and where the decisions of the country are made. The current building covers 5 acres and has 1,100 rooms. Did you know that it’s official… Read More A Palace of Government – Westminster Palace