Originally Posted by chrissy57
When Queen Victoria died here in 1901 Edward VII inherited the place but he hated it - he had spent a lot of his childhood here and I am sure that you all agree that his childhood, particularly his education, wasn't the highlight of his life.
He asked his surviving sisters if they could afford the upkeep as he couldn't and he already had Sandringham as his own country retreat and had inherited Balmoral, which he enjoyed as a base in Scotland. When they said that they couldn't afford to keep it he offered it to the nation as a new training facility for the naval cadet college, where his grandsons, Edward and Bertie (Edward VIII and Geoge VI) went to school before serving in the Royal Navy.
At some stage the navy moved to Dartmouth and Osborne became a museum to the memory of Queen Victoria. If she entered the house today she would recognise it as it is decorated as she had it. The biggest change is the bedroom in which she died where above the bed there is a huge plaque recording her death and was put there by her surviving children.
If you get to the Isle of Wight you absolutely MUST go and see it. It is lovely.
As far as I am aware no-one lives there at any time today.
FYI, if you youtube ( Kings & Queen - Queen Victoria) a lot of the documentary shows in the interior and exterior of Osborne House, and the interiors are magnificent. I wish that the royal family had kept it as one of their homes, it would have made a fantastic summer retreat. I believe that the objects in the home belong to the royal collection, but are allowed to be displayed at Osborne, can anyone confirm this notion for me?