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Old 02-24-2014, 04:45 PM
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On the banks of the Thames River in southwest London, Kew Palace was originally known as "the Dutch House".
Kew Palace was a royal residence between 1728 and 1818.
Kew Palace was leased by Queen Caroline in 1728.
It was used as a residence for Princess Anne, Princess Amelia, and Princess Caroline, the daughters of George II and Queen Caroline.
In the 1750s, Frederick Louis, the Prince of Wales, used the Dutch House (Kew Palace) as a school for his sons, Prince George (the future George III) and Prince Edward.
The Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn , married Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld at Kew Palace in 1818.

The Prince Adolphus, the Duke of Cambridge, married Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel at Kew Palace in 1818.
Kew Palace was used to hold a dinner hosted by Charles, Prince of Wales to celebrate the 80th birthday of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II on April 21st, 2006.
In 1738 Alexander Pope, the poet gave Frederick, Prince of Wales, a dog.
The following verse was inscribed on the dog's collar:

I am His Highness' dog at Kew.
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?


The Dutch House (Kew Palace) was used as a backdrop in the 1733 painting Philip Mercier did of Frederick, Prince of Wales and the Prince's sisters.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:40 PM
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Here are some of the photos I took when I visited Kew Palace.

There is no extra charge to visit here when you go to Kew Gardens.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:29 AM
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Interesting. Lovely photos, Sun Lion, thanks for posting those.

King George Iii adored Kew. He had a large observatory built, where he observed the Transit of Venus. George would stay at the Dutch House and would also drive over to the growing botanical gardens. At times he would relax in the thatched cottage Queen Charlotte had built. They would take tea there and listen to their daughters playing on the harpsichord and mandolin, or help them with their sketching.

It's sad that the palace King George planned for himself at Kew remained unfinished and was finally demolished by the Prince Regent in 1828.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:42 AM
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The restoration work carried out on Kew Palace was featured on the BBC documentary series Tales from the Palaces,which I re-watched a few months ago.

Tales from the Palaces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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