When King George III bought the Duke of Buckingham s house init was an elegant villa situated in spacious parkland The Court resided at nearby St James s Palace and the house was intended purely as a comfortable retreat for the King and Queen and their growing family The story of the reshaping of the house and its gradual transformation into a royal palace forms the basis for this highly readable account Building his narrative around the lives and the personalities of the monarchs who have lived there especially George III, George IV, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert John Martin Robinson describes the changes made to the structure of the building and to its interior design The sumptuous decoration of the rooms and the exquisite works of art that fill them are illustrated on every spread, serving as a reminder that Buckingham Palace is not only the Queen s official residence but also a superb setting for a world class art collection Visitors from all over the world pass through the State Rooms each summer enjoying this unique combination I already own the Official Guide This book compliments it by showing watercolor paintings of how some of the most spectacular rooms looked once the original interior decorating was finished Some don t look the same now Where the room photos are the same, this book s are larger some a full page including many historical world class paintings I love being able to look at the details close up.There is enough difference between the two books to make each one valuable in its own right Together, you feel like you have experienced and enjoyed it than even being on the tour. I had expected a lot pictures, plans and maps of the palace showing the phases of the construction But most of the pictures are of various antiquities kept at the palace So not what I was looking for. Just great, very happy In peace of home we can explore BP and read about it whenever we feel like.
- Buckingham Palace: The Official Illustrated History
- John Martin Robinson
- 20 March 2017 John Martin Robinson