Sunday 10 March 2019

Sunday Snap – The Royal Residence

We were strolling down the beach with the Jolly Fisherman for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked which town he promoted and the answer is


Enjoying being beside the seaside with the right answer were Sarah, Kara, Susan, Jenna and Lisa.

This week we are going from the delights of the Lincolnshire coast to the most famous royal residence in the world. It is named after the Duke for whom it was originally built for in 1703. In 1773 it was sold by the son of the Duke to George III. It wasn't intended as an official royal residence at the time but simply as somewhere private for his wife, Queen Charlotte, to live. She must have found it comfortable as 14 of her 15 children were born there.

When George IV came to the throne he decided to extend the building. At first the plans were quite modest but they soon grew and the property went from being a grand house to a palace. During this time the official royal residence was still St. James's Palace but it was switched when Queen Victoria became monarch. Her husband, Prince Albert, was appalled at the condition of the building and the running of it. He overlooked a complete reorganisation of the staff plus sorted out problems such as ventilation and heating. Due to their ever growing family it was decided to extend the building further. Today it has around 775 rooms. After Prince Albert's death in 1861 Queen Victoria withdrew from London life and the building was shut up.

Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII, moved back into the building when he became king in 1901. Since then it has become the focus of royal life in the country. As well as place to live it is a working office, where investitures are held and foreign dignities are hosted and entertained. Its famous balcony has been the focus of many happy events and family gatherings. This week's question is

What is the name of the building?

We were joined last week by Susan and gymnastics achievement. Sarah has been down by river. The music has been playing by Soma. In the sunshine Mary found a crocus blooming. Kara found the peace wall and the Beatles. There was a pair of smilers for Sarah. Anne took a trip down memory lane. The strawberry plants in Jenna's basket are starting to grow. Minoru took a trip to West Japan. There was an exhibition for David Rubinger for Lisa to visit. Jutta spotted the snow top mountains in the water's reflection. In New Zealand Betty captured the birds on the rock. Finally, Jesh decided that spring can wait.

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  1. It's definitely Buckingham Palace! It's great to read about it's history and what a fantastic clear photo, without too many crowds.

  2. It’s Buckingham Palace. We’ve toured inside, it’s a fascinating place

  3. Buckingham Palace, and I never knew the history behind it before.
    Thanks for hosting x

  4. Buckingham Palace, never been inside.

  5. I have been there. That is Buckingham Palace xx


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