I’ve just finished watching the third series of The
Crown on Netflix and that got me interested in several things ‘royal’. I
was surprised how little I knew about the Royal Family despite having
grown up in the UK.
I knew that Buckingham Palace is the
official royal residence. Kings, Queens and other royals have been
living there since 1837. The Palace has 775 rooms (that’s a lot to clean!)
and a 40-acre garden.
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live there, but the rooms
weren’t big enough for her to entertain guests and have parties, so she
added a very large room in 1855 which, at that time, was the biggest
room in London.
Balmoral Castle is the Scottish home of the
Royals and they go there in the summer for a break. It was bought for
Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, although a new, bigger castle
was built in 1856.
Sandringham is the country retreat of the
Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It’s been the private home of British
Monarchs since 1862. The Royals like to spend Christmas here and the
first Christmas TV broadcast was made by the Queen at Sandringham in
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest
inhabited castle in the world. William the Conqueror built this castle
in 1070 and it’s where the Queen likes to go at weekends. The castle is
situated quite close to London and was built to help defend London from
attacks from the West. British Kings and Queens have been using the
castle for nearly 1000 years.
Kensington Palace was originally built in
1689, but was later improved and extended by Sir Christopher Wren, the
man who designed St. Paul’s Cathedral. Today, the Palace is where the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, and their son
Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte officially live.
St. James’s Palace was built on the grounds
of a leper hospital in 1536. These days, St. James’s Palace houses the
offices of Princes William and Harry and was most recently the setting
for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.
There are, of course, many other palaces, residences and property owned
by the British Royal family, but this list might help to clarify some of
the names heard in the excellent TV series, The Crown. If you haven’t
seen it yet, why not start watching tonight? Watch it in English, if you
can, with (or without) English subtitles.
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