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84,492.  Royal palaces have been at the heart of our history for a thousand years.  Palace building has produced some of the most splendid architecture in Britain – the ultimate expression of power and privilege.  Don Cruickshank, Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces, BBC 2014

 

84,493.  The kitchens are Hampton Court are an astonishing survival.  ibid.

 

84,494.  Whitehall was the largest palace in Europe.  ibid.

 

 

84,495.  For nearly three centuries Classicism would dominate palace-building in Britain ... Architecture had never been so important to monarchy.  Don Cruickshank, Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces II, BBC 2014

 

 

84,496.  Our palaces are repositories of beauty and national memories.  Don Cruickshank, Majesty and Mortar III

 

 

84,497.  The vaults of Buckingham palace are groaning with priceless, useless freebies from foreign dignitaries.  Tina Brown

  

 

84,498.  Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.  John Donne  

 

 

97,412.  Buckingham Palace – one of the most famous buildings in the world.  A symbol of Britain … This is a closed and secretive world.  Inside Buckingham Palace I, Channel 5 2016

 

97,413.  ‘Buckingham Palace is very artfully stage-managed.’  ibid.  Tony Robinson

 

97,414.  Its walls are crumbling and its fabulous façade is coming apart.  ibid.

 

 

97,488.  Closer to the Queen’s apartment is a room just for her corgis.  Inside Buckingham Palace II, Channel 5 2016

 

97,489.  It wasn’t until 1837 that it became the residence of a monarch.  ibid.

 

 

106,980.  Hampton Court: a 500 year old Royal Residence.  Forever linked to Henry VIII and his many wives.  Behind the grand facade lie the dark secrets of the British royals, extraordinary lives of passion and excess.  This is the world of Hampton Court Palace.  Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace, Channel 5 2017

 

106,981.  Everything at Hampton Court was about display.  ibid.  

 

106,982.  ‘Hampton Court end up being this continual building site for a whole sequence of wives.’  ibid.  Jonathan Foyle   

 

106,983.  George III hated Hampton Court and refused to stay there.  No monarch ever lived at the Palace again.  ibid.

 

 

112,012.  It’s China’s most stunning palace – the Forbidden City, the greatest wonder of the medieval world and the biggest wooden structure on Earth.  Home to China’s emperors, a place of staggering wealth and power filled with dazzling treasures.  It was closed to the outside world for centuries.  (China & Palace)  Secrets of China’s Forbidden City, Channel 4 2017   

 

112,013.  Three great halls dominate the outer court towering over a three-tiered marble terrace.  (China & Palace)  ibid.

 

112,014.  It all covers 178 acres.  (China & Palace)  ibid.

 

112,015.  A hotbed of decadence and betrayal.  (China & Palace)  ibid.

 

112,016.  There is no record of how it was created.  (China & Palace)  ibid. 

 

 

115,369.  Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for 325 years.  Tucked away in a west London park today it’s where the world’s most popular royals and a future king of England call home.  Inside Kensington Palace s1e1, Channel 5 2017

 

115,370.  This palace has seen dark days when not even the royal family knew that a wartime operation brought an enemy prison camp to Kensington’s grounds.   

 

115,371.  This royal family home also witnessed sadness, tragedy and scandal.  ibid.

 

115,372.  The arrival of William and Kate pushed Kensington Palace on to the world stage.  ibid.

 

115,373.  Margaret and Tony were invited to every premiere and party … Margaret and her husband transformed Kensington palace.  ibid.

 

115,374.  Wren extended the original building adding four pavilions and two large wings.  ibid. 

 

115,375.  Kensington Palace became Diana’s base.  ibid.

 

115,376.  The war of the Wales’s had gone nuclear.  ibid.

 

 

137,472.  3,500 years ago the world was rocked by the greatest volcanic eruption since recorded history.  In the heart of the Mediterranean a peaceful island exploded with devastating force.  At a stroke a whole civilisation was wiped from the face of the Earth.  Then, at the turn of the 20th century, the remains of a spectacular palace was found on Crete.  And on a neighbouring island a town was unearthed, preserved beneath thousands of tons of volcanic ash.  (Atlantis & Crete & Palace)  Lost Worlds s1e2: Atlantis, History 2005

 

137,473.  Few mysteries have sparked such obsession or given rise to so many extraordinary theories.  (Atlantis & Crete & Palace)  ibid.  

 

137,474.  And above ground the engineering of the Palace of Knossos is every bit as sophisticated as that in Plato’s text.  The palace contained 1,300 rooms spread over 4 floors interconnected by miles of passageways.  (Atlantis & Crete & Palace)  ibid.

 

 

137,513.  Britain’s royal palaces: majestic, luxurious, and packed to the rafters with incredible secrets.  (Palace & Royal Family)  Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e1, Channel 5 2021

 

137,514.  Royal security under the spotlight as the Queen gets locked out of her own palace [Nelson’s gate].  One of our most loved royals [Diana] is revealed to the world at Balmoral.  We explore the blueprints for the most famous royal palace in the world [Buckingham Palace].  (Palace & Royal Family)  ibid.    

 

137,515.  William’s [golden] weather-vane may be subtle and hidden away but Kensington Palace most certainly isn’t.  It’s one of the most public and easily accessible of all the royal palaces.  (Palace & Royal Family)  ibid.

 

137,516.  For privacy, the royals retreat up to Scotland to their most secluded palace: Balmoral.  Located 100 miles north-east of Edinburgh, Balmoral estate has been a royal palace since 1852 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought the land and commissioned the castle.  (Palace & Royal Family)  ibid. 

 

137,517.  Buckingham Palace on the other hand was designed to be seen.  It’s the most famous and the most visited of all the royal palaces.  Buckingham Palace is the brainchild of one man: King George IV.  (Palace & Royal Family)  ibid.        

 

137,518.  Marble Arch was painstakingly removed stone by stone to its present location at the end of Oxford Street.  (Palace & Royal Family)  ibid.        

 

137,519.  ‘As recently as 2019 exterminators were called in because rats were seen tearing through the royal kitchens.’  (Palace & Royal Family & Rats)  ibid.  Kate Williams        

 

137,520.  There are more than 100 coaches in the royal collection.  (Palace & Royal Family & Rats)  ibid.        

 

 

137,580.  The Royal’s hidden getaway: the vast estate of Balmoral … ‘Victoria was infused with the romance of Scotland’ … But Victoria’ and Albert’s fantasy Scottish castle is not to everyone’s taste … ‘Balmoral is a really ugly building’ … In addition to the castle there are 150 other buildings dotted throughout the estate.  (Royal Family & Palace)  Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e2, Dr Folye

 

137,581.  We discover that Henry VIII’s great lost palace was a stadium for violence.  (Royal Family & Palace)  ibid.  

 

137,582.  Every wall, corner and staircase of the palaces is lined with sensational features of art including hundreds of portraits.  (Royal Family & Palace)  ibid.

 

137,583.  William III’s Kensington Palace was built outside of London because he had asthma and wanted to avoid the pollution.  (Royal Family & Palace)  ibid.      

 

 

137,711.  We learn how these iconic creations were built.  Uncover the spectacular art housed therein … ‘More than a million objects spread across the royal palaces’ … Discover their gruesome stories.  And relive the recent events that shaped the modern royal family.  (Royal Family & Palace)  Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e3

 

137,712.  The United Kingdom’s royal palaces have the unique power to capture the imagination.  Sightseers from across the globe flock to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Holyrood.  (Royal Family & Palace) ibid.

 

137,713.  The granddaddy of them all: Windsor Castle.  While it may not be called a palace, for 900 years this fortress has been a home from home to Britain’s royalty … ‘Windsor castle is the largest occupied castle on the planet’ …  This vast royal home comprises 951 rooms including 225 bedrooms and covers some 13 acres, and the look is straight out of a fairy-book.  (Royal Family & Palace & Castle & Home)  ibid.   

 

137,714.  The Queen’s Doll’s House: built in the 1920s … showcasing contributions from 1,500 of the finest craftsmen and manufacturers of the day, this was not your average doll’s house ... ‘there was bathrooms, a garage, cellars, a vault, kitchens, it’s simply the most spectacular doll’s house anywhere in the world’ … including 700 paintings … real jewellers and goldsmiths … a library an envy of any book club ... no detail was too small … ‘electricity was installed throughout the house’ … proper taps with hot and cold running water … even the cellar is the real deal.  (Royal Family & Palace & Castle & Home)  ibid.   

 

 

137,816.  A palace security breach puts the Queen in peril; we reveal Sandringham’s scandalous past as a playboy prince creates the ultimate party palace; and the world’s most iconic palace suffers a plumbing problem.  Secrets of the Royal Palaces s1e4

 

137,817.  Set in 20,000 acres of Norfolk countryside, this private kingdom has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs.  ibid.

 

137,818.  Whitehall was probably the largest palace in Europe and the centre of English royal power.  It was also beautiful.  ibid.

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