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Offline CHRISinUSA

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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #75 on: November 21, 2008, 08:28:15 AM »
I am curious about the Ministers staircase , it seems natural that there be a staircase there ..to me at least. but what was that space originally for???  and does anyone have a floor plan of the original Buckingham house  and the original palace before it was built on to ?

I've never personally seen a floorplan of Buckingham House, but since the enlargement of the main block by Nash basically retained the original footprint, we have some clues from the present floorplan so generously posted by Architect.  The "core" house (excluding the two original service wings) consisted of the present Guard Room and Staircase (space), the Green Drawing Room (formerly Queen Charlotte's 2 story Salon), the Throne Room (or at least the southern most part of it), and the Picture Gallery behind (which was originally separate garden facade rooms). Nash, of course, combined the original garden rooms into the Portrait Gallery and added a new suite of rooms behind it (White Room, Music Room, Blue Room).

Imaging the current floorplan without the added garden suite, the location of the present Minister's Staircase seems illogical to me.  It would have been located stuck in the NW corner of a garden front room.  More likely that "space" was part of the ancillary / service rooms forming the two original wings, which Nash demolished. 

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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #76 on: November 23, 2008, 04:17:31 AM »
I watched the monarchy show last year in London. Thinking about getting the video.  BTW, that was "gather" not "gander" and the state visit was to the Baltic states, not the Balkans.
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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #77 on: November 23, 2008, 01:44:11 PM »
Thank you Robert for clarifying the gander part. I kenw it can't be since the Queen couldn't possibly say gander. I think its not part of their vocabulary. Anyway, she's so sweet when she's giving those orders.

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The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace - 2009
« Reply #78 on: December 17, 2008, 07:52:10 PM »
As part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms, an exhibition of dazzling dresses worn by Her Majesty The Queen on official visits to Commonwealth countries will be shown at Buckingham Palace.  Dressing for the Royal Tour: The Queen and Commonwealth celebrates the 60th anniversary of the London Declaration of 1949, which recognised the British Sovereign as Head of the Commonwealth.



The Queen has travelled further than any monarch in history and has made 175 visits to Commonwealth countries during her reign.  To mark the important principle of friendship that underlies these visits, an exchange of gifts is always made, and the exhibition will include a selection of presents received by Her Majesty from Commonwealth leaders, individuals and organisations.

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Re: The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace - 2009
« Reply #79 on: December 17, 2008, 07:57:09 PM »


The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace next year includes an exhibition of dazzling dresses and spectacular jewels worn by Her Majesty The Queen on official visits to Commonwealth countries.  Dressing for the Royal Tour: The Queen and Commonwealth celebrates the 60th anniversary of the London Declaration of 1949, which recognised the British Sovereign as Head of the Commonwealth.



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Buckingham Palace crumbling!!!!
« Reply #80 on: February 21, 2009, 05:40:51 AM »
Buckingham Palace is crumbling and is in serious need of a restoration programme to repair every part of the palace which is in need of either a good lick of paint or brand new stonework.
it is disgusting that the government prefer to pay for the London Olympics (an important event but happening over a period of 2 weeks only) instead of providing funding for repair work to the official residence of the British head of state (the sovereign).
The main argument amongst the vile media is that the queen is rich so she should pay, yes indeed the queen is rich BUT she does NOT own Buckingham Palace she canít sell it , rent it out or pass it over it is held in trust for the nation.
When Windsor Castle had that terrible fire the press campaign that was started after the event was disgusting and it was unlike the British nation to think the way it did over that period of time.
Eventually funds were raised for its restoration by opening Buckingham Palace to the public.
I firmly believe and support the idea that taxpayerís money should be spent of either building whatever the cost for restoration programmes not just because they are official residences but because they are part of Britainís long and fascinating history and they both happen to be 2 of the most famous buildings in the world.

it is disgusting to think that Windsor and Buckingham Palace have both stood in their places for hundreds of years (Windsor for 1000 years) theyíve both withstood wars and the Nazi bombings put they may crumble because of their own governments negligence who are responsible for their upkeep.
I know this sounds like a bit of a rant but please post your thoughts in replies.
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Re: Buckingham Palace crumbling!!!!
« Reply #81 on: February 21, 2009, 08:33:44 AM »
Hi,

Isn't Buckingham Palace still open to the public on specific months when The Queen is away?  And, they could open it up on weekends when she's at Windsor.
That money could be matched by the government to repair all palaces that need it;  and that way only half the cost would be born by public funds.
Also, it should be viewed from a safety position - - we cannot have bricks falling on people's heads....

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Re: Buckingham Palace crumbling!!!!
« Reply #82 on: February 21, 2009, 08:47:13 AM »
Yes Buckingham palace is open during the summer months while the royal family are at Balmoral and the money collected over those months is used to maintain the royal collection, the nationís art and so on.
At the moment the Queen and the staff at the palace are having to live within its walls under patch and repair.
In my opinion there is no point in that, all work that needs to be done should be funded and all completed at once instead of separately when they can afford to.
And yes the issue should be looked at from a safety point of view but any bets if that was to happen the British pubic would go into uproar (because their brains have been poisoned by the media) wanting to know how much it costs to get a H&S man in, can you see where Iím coming from.
The way I see it the brains of the British people have been poisoned in such a way itís almost like they would rather see Buckingham Palace completely collapse rather than fund the upkeep of it.

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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #83 on: February 21, 2009, 01:51:00 PM »
So true traditionalist and so sad.

Buckingham Palace is a building of historical significance and money should be lavished on it in order to preserve it. It disgusts me when you see puiblic funds going to other unworthy causes!
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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #84 on: February 22, 2009, 03:23:56 AM »
As HM The Queen does not own BP one fails to see why she is expected to raise finds to maintain it, IMHO. It is a matter for the state to keep the palace going but this government have no idea of what a national treasure is.
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« Reply #85 on: April 07, 2009, 12:52:32 PM »
I agree. Buckingham Palace is state-owned and should be treated as such. I found it laughable when people complained at the alleged use of public funds to repair Windsor Castle after the fire of 1992; the building is in the care of the nation.

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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #86 on: April 09, 2009, 04:47:50 PM »

I agree. Buckingham Palace is state-owned and should be treated as such.


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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #87 on: April 18, 2009, 07:10:41 AM »
Has anyone been to Buck House lately?

When I was there in 2000, it was discustingly filthy!

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As a child in 1978 I was taken to BP and even then I said how disappointed I was that is was so grey and dirty. I thought that a few years ago (maybe around 2000/01 it had a paint job and I do remember photo's on tv of it being covered up so it could be painted, pretty sure it was white, but it seems photo's of it lately it has reverted back to it's original dirty colour. Maybe it's the severe weather that knocks it around a bit as it's not the usual size house that can be accessed by dad's ladder to paint  is it? :D

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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #88 on: April 18, 2009, 11:34:30 AM »
Apparently H.M. the Queen wanted to make a few reapairs and paint BP last year. But as the tabloid newspaper said, she too was hit by the 'credit crunch'. and her plans were put on hold.

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Re: Buckingham palace
« Reply #89 on: April 29, 2009, 04:20:05 PM »


As a child in 1978 I was taken to BP and even then I said how disappointed I was that is was so grey and dirty. I thought that a few years ago (maybe around 2000/01 it had a paint job and I do remember photo's on tv of it being covered up so it could be painted, pretty sure it was white, but it seems photo's of it lately it has reverted back to it's original dirty colour. Maybe it's the severe weather that knocks it around a bit as it's not the usual size house that can be accessed by dad's ladder to paint  is it? :D
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The exterior of Buckingham Palace has never been painted; the principal facade is modelled in Portland stone, which appears almost white when clean but can be badly effected by pollution, hence the dirty grey appearance in 1978.