"The home of Princes" Architectural Tip by alucas

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  Marlborough House
by alucas

Favorite thing: Marlborough House was built for the first Duke of Marlborough, and the original building was completed in 1711. The great architect of the time, Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to build the house, but Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, fell out with him and sacked him. The Marlborough?s occupied the house for over a hundred years before the Royal Family took it over, and it was home to a succession of Princes and Queens until 1953. The house was extended in 1863, including the addition of an extra floor.

Queen Elizabeth II handed the house over to the British Government for use as a centre for The Commonwealth, and today it houses the Commonwealth Secretariat and has been the venue for a number of Commonwealth conferences.

On Open House weekend, we were allowed to roam the ground floor. This contains a number of very fine rooms, all splendidly decorated and hung with paintings by well-known artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, including many Royal portraits. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any photographs inside, and I couldn?t even find an opportunity to grab a surreptitious snap. So you will have to be content with the one picture of the outside. The picture was difficult to take (through an arch) and shows the front entrance. It doesn?t give any indication of the wonderful rooms that lie inside. Next time I will go out into the gardens and take a picture of the garden frontage ? it must be more imposing !

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 8, 2005
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