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Re: Royal Interiors
« Reply #1020 on: September 16, 2009, 03:37:15 PM »
nikola on the picture of the principal corridor of buckingham palace that sais deputy controller of supply was that from some tv programme and if it was what was it called?
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« Reply #1021 on: September 16, 2009, 05:23:16 PM »
the east front of buckingham palace in queen victorias reign.
it was refaced to its very famous present look in 1913 by sir aston webb

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=56434&index=60&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace%20&searchType=all&form=home

Thank you, traditonalist! I've never seen the original facade before. Quite a noticeable difference.

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« Reply #1022 on: September 16, 2009, 07:03:14 PM »
here are numerous photos of the origional facade of the east taked late in queen victorias reighn and in the early 20th century under edward v11.
it was george v who had the east front remodelled in 1913 to put a more regal face on the palace and to make it act as a grander backfrop to queen victoria memorial which was unveiled in the same year.
the entire project of refacing the east front was thought to take at least one year to complete but it only took 13 weeks and not even one peice of window glass was broken

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=125895&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=76673&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=76948&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=78998&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=78999&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=78999&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=80828&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=105080&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=105080&index=0&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home


the white drawing room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79478&index=0&mainQuery=white%20drawing%20room&searchType=all&form=home

the state dining room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79477&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

the blue drawing room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79479&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

the picture gallery
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79480&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

bow room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79481&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

1844 room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79482&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

principal corridor
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79483&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

east gallery
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=80914&index=0&mainQuery=promenade%20gallery&searchType=all&form=home

ballroom
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79490&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

the throne room (note the fact that there is only one chair of state under the canopy)
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79476&index=0&mainQuery=throne%20room&searchType=all&form=home

queens bedroom
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79471&index=36&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

grand staircase
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=79466&index=24&mainQuery=grand%20staircase&searchType=all&form=home

1844th room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=125900&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

another veiw of the blue drawing room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=125898&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

another veiw of the state dining room looking dow the west gallery towards the ballroom
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=125897&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

another veiw of the spectacular ballroom
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=125896&index=48&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home

the music room
http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=80075&index=60&mainQuery=buckingham%20palace&searchType=all&form=home


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Re: Royal Interiors
« Reply #1023 on: September 17, 2009, 08:45:24 AM »
Thanks for the links.  There are other great photos on the English Heritage website of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Sandringham if anyone is interested.

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Re: Royal Interiors
« Reply #1024 on: September 17, 2009, 09:55:14 AM »
Coul you post the links for Windsor Castle and Sandringham? And also, is there a link as well for Balmoral?

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Re: Royal Interiors
« Reply #1025 on: September 17, 2009, 10:36:28 AM »
The ViewFinder website is FULL of content...my goodness!

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« Reply #1026 on: September 17, 2009, 05:08:32 PM »
here is a link to photos taken of rooms inside balmoral in queen victorias time and then underneath are pictures taken of the same rooms in the 1980's

http://www.balmoralcastle.com/IMAGEgallery1.htm

just click on the thumbnails for a larger veiw.

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« Reply #1027 on: September 17, 2009, 05:12:54 PM »
balmoral interiors in queen victorias time and in the 80s on the actual balmoral estate website.
http://www.balmoralcastle.com/IMAGEgallery1.htm

click on the thumbnails for a larger veiw.

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« Reply #1028 on: September 17, 2009, 05:28:20 PM »
yeah its a fantastic website
another good one is images of england.
http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/

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Re: Royal Interiors
« Reply #1029 on: September 18, 2009, 09:37:38 AM »
balmoral interiors in queen victorias time and in the 80s on the actual balmoral estate website.
http://www.balmoralcastle.com/IMAGEgallery1.htmclick on the thumbnails for a larger veiw.

I find it astonishing.  If Queen Victoria walked into Balmoral today, I think she would notice very few changes from 1863.  The same furniture, much of it sitting in the exact same position.  The same styled carpets and draperies (with only a slightly different color palate).  Many of the same pictures on the walls. 

Given that nearly 150 years has elapsed between those photographs, I find myself debating whether or not that degree of continuity is comforting - or bizarre.  I mean, how many people do you know who would enjoy having their home exactly the same way their great-great-grandmother originally furnished it - right down to the last detail?

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Re: Royal Interiors
« Reply #1030 on: September 18, 2009, 12:12:13 PM »
Good question Chris...

I think that their sense of self preservation depends on them appaering to be the same royal family generation after generation.

Maybe they would feel insecure of they started putting Andy Warhol paintings up in place of their long gone relatives.  And is it possible that  if the public saw this, they would might feel that the royals have lost their timeless mystery.

When I see royals doing what I do, they seem so very ordinary. [Which they actually are but we like to think of them as 'special'.]

If we all thought of royals as just common people, this website would not exist.

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« Reply #1031 on: September 18, 2009, 03:37:02 PM »
OK, I do understand that - somewhat.  I mean, the royals only buy the finest furnishings, which are then meticulously cared for by an army of servants.  Unlike many of us the Queen isn't routinely wandering through her rooms mumbling to herself: "Hmm, that couch I bought on sale just didn't stand up to wear and tear very well, I suppose it's time to replace it next month" or "Darn it, someone left an empty glass on the cocktail table and now I can't get the water stain out."

And the Queen is known to be thrifty and sensible, so I can understand she would resist replacing something that is still adequately serving her needs.  But she has at her disposal one of the world's finest collections of art and furnishings, much of which lies in storage because there simply isn't enough space to display and use it all.  Wouldn't a normal person in that situation at least occasionally rotate a few pieces?

I also understand your point about "royal image" and "mystery".  But this isn't Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or any other official residence where state guests are received and entertained.  This is Balmoral - a private family home set in the middle of nowhere, where the usual guests are only family and close intimate friends.  If you aren't surrounded by your favorite things here, than where?

I'm not suggesting a massive redecoration is in order, or even that Her Majesty hang a Warhol in place of a Gainsborough.  But for God's sake, in 150 years you'd expect at least a table to be moved from one side of a room to another, wouldn't you??? 

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« Reply #1032 on: November 29, 2009, 04:31:52 PM »
Does anyone seen (and can post?) any pics of the inside of the Buckingham Palace swimming pool?

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« Reply #1033 on: November 30, 2009, 07:08:18 AM »
I think it's wonderful that so much of Balmoral has remained unchanged and it adds to the mystique!! It's so interesting to see furniture, pictures etc in the exact same rooms or spot that they where over one hundred years ago when Queen Victoria & her family where in residence!!
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« Reply #1034 on: November 30, 2009, 12:04:42 PM »
Good question Chris...

I think that their sense of self preservation depends on them appaering to be the same royal family generation after generation.

Maybe they would feel insecure of they started putting Andy Warhol paintings up in place of their long gone relatives.  And is it possible that  if the public saw this, they would might feel that the royals have lost their timeless mystery.

When I see royals doing what I do, they seem so very ordinary. [Which they actually are but we like to think of them as 'special'.]

If we all thought of royals as just common people, this website would not exist.



"Common People"   - exactly what are they ?