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Old 11-21-2014, 03:46 AM
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Yes, thanks for the wonderful photos! Next time I'm in Britain...!

There's quite a bit about the Castle in the Queen Mother's biography by Shawcross. He describes how her visits to her home started out privately and modestly and then developed into what her neighbour Lord Thurso called 'a mini season in Caithness'! Local landowners made sure they were in residence when she came and many threw parties in the hope that she would attend. The Queen Mother herself threw a cocktail party every year, which became a major event.

The castle needed constant maintenance. Because it was built of porous sandstone it was very hard to keep the damp out. The QM was very fond of peat fires.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:05 AM
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As I know the likely hood of me ever being able to spend time at the Castle of Mey are very very slim, I really enjoy seeing the pictures and reading the anecdotes of the Queen Mother's life there. It really sounds like she was right on the money with not only restoring the castle, but turning it from a residence into a home.

It doesn't surprise me that Charles and Camilla make time each year to go and stay there.
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The Castle of Mey: The Walled Gardens
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Old 08-06-2016, 12:50 PM
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I just got the Taste of Mey cookbook. My mom and I are planning a girls trip to the UK in a few years, and the Castle is most definitely on our list. I am trying to get in contact with the Mrs. Ruby Sinclair that contributed to the cookbook. Anyone know her? Know she was a guide at Mey. I'm trying to track several Sinclairs down actually- and have no idea how to do it- what to google. Made a list of 3 possible google searches in my head- now can only remember one of them because I got distracted. I'm new to this whole try to google people on the net- need help!
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This is fun! Thank you for posting it.
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Old magazine features of The Queen Mother at the Castle of Mey.


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Old 02-15-2017, 04:26 AM
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The Queen Mother and her castle.

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Old 02-15-2017, 05:15 AM
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In the first picture, the castle in the background is Windsor and not Mey.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:04 AM
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Nice links, thanks a lot...
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:35 AM
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In the first picture, the castle in the background is Windsor and not Mey.
Sorry muriel, you're not correct.

The castle in the background is Mey.

I saw this portrait in person when I visited the Castle of Mey in 2014.

It is the only portrait of the Queen Mother with Mey, and was done by the artist Mara McGregor.

The Queen Mother used to have it at Clarence House, but it now hangs above the fireplace in the Equerry's room at Mey.

The corgi in the painting is named "Ranger".

It was painted for the Queen Mother's 90th birthday and was commissioned by the Royal Warrant Holders' Association.

It was presented to her by their president Barry Reed at the former residence of the Strathmore family in St. Jame's Square.

The Queen lent this portrait to the Castle of Mey Trustees for them to display it there.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:00 AM
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Thanks much for the links. I've always had kind of a soft spot for the Castle of Mey. It just resonates with me for some reason.

If you look at the painting in the first link and then at the photo in the second link, its very obvious that its the Castle of Mey in the painting and not Windsor.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:32 AM
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Sorry muriel, you're not correct.

The castle in the background is Mey.

I saw this portrait in person when I visited the Castle of Mey in 2014.

It is the only portrait of the Queen Mother with Mey, and was done by the artist Mara McGregor.

The Queen Mother used to have it at Clarence House, but it now hangs above the fireplace in the Equerry's room at Mey.

The corgi in the painting is named "Ranger".

It was painted for the Queen Mother's 90th birthday and was commissioned by the Royal Warrant Holders' Association.

It was presented to her by their president Barry Reed at the former residence of the Strathmore family in St. Jame's Square.

The Queen lent this portrait to the Castle of Mey Trustees for them to display it there.
I think you may be right, apologies.
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I think you may be right, apologies.
Not at all muriel, no worries.

You may notice that the corgi looks a little out of proportion in the painting.

This was the artist's solution to the Queen Mother's request that her favourite dog, "Ranger", be prominent.

She painted him a little over-size so the viewer pays more attention to him than if he was just the right size. Clever idea.
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Wonderful photos Spheno - I so like this place.


You can see the tartan Loch Ness monster on the top of the tapestry in this photo, that the Queen Mother used to break the ice with new guests by saying that it looked like "Nessie" had moved along since last time.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/q2...w6398-h3600-no


And amongst the photos on this table is one showing her corgies sleeping on the stone spiral stairs leading to her bedroom.

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A property that the Queen Mother regularly spent time at when she was at the Castle of Mey, is now for sale.

Queen Mother lodge in Caithness goes on sale | Daily Mail Online
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Ah, a piece of heaven right here on earth! What a gorgeous place that is and if only....
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My thoughts exactly. If only I had the money I'd snatch it up in a heartbeat.
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I like that big solid grab-bar over the bathtub. I'm only 57, but I'd like knowing it's there.
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I noticed that too. I'm 65 and with bad knees and bad back, that grab bar I have in my bathtub comes in very, very handy. In fact it was a selling point when we bought this place. Now to figure out how to get a boatload of money, pack up and move to Scotland and bring all my loved ones with me.

Then again, getting close to bedtime. I think I have my dream for the night.
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