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Old 07-27-2009, 04:15 PM
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This youtube clip gives a small impression of the house. I went last year and did not see the Swiss Cottage, which is shown. They ommit Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine, which is a funny contraption and the memorial bench for John Brown.

Fitzgerald I have a question, when was the bench put in the park (In the movie with Judie Dench I had the impression they had grown apart towards the end of her life)

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Osborne House in 1857
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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?
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I have seen pictures and videos and Osborne is a very Nice House. Too bad Edward gave it to the State, Queen Victoria wanted the House to stay in the Royal Family.

Also does know If Queen Elizabeth has ever been to Osborne House?
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It was at Osborne House on May 26th, 1857 that Queen Victoria's family posed for the first official royal group photograph in British history.
In Kings & Queens, Richard Cavendish and Pip Leahy wrote:

In 1853, the royal children's Swiss Cottage, complete with its own garden, was added to the grounds. Here the children learnt gardening, domestic skills and the principles of commerce by selling their garden produce to Prince Albert for use in the main house.
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I have seen pictures and videos and Osborne is a very Nice House. Too bad Edward gave it to the State, Queen Victoria wanted the House to stay in the Royal Family.

Also does know If Queen Elizabeth has ever been to Osborne House?
In the summer of 1938 Queen Elizabeth took her daughters there at the start of their summer holiday that also saw them sail up the east coast to Scotland. Mentioned in one of Sarah Bradford's book on The Queen (can't remember its name)
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Osborne is one of my favorite British Royal residences, very impressive. Prince Albert was, besides being handsome and intelligent-very talented. I read somewhere that he personally designed Osborne House.
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Victoria and Albert wanted a country or seaside home for their growing family. Windsor was too formal and Claremont (which belonged to Uncle Leopold of the Belgians, but which he allowed them to use) wasn't private enough.

Queen Victoria hated the Brighton Pavilion, which she called 'a strange, odd-looking Chinese thing,' and she didn't like the habit of the townspeople peering at her under her bonnet. (Bonnets had deep brims in the 1840's.)

Sir Robert Peel (her Prime Minister) heard that Lady Isabella Blatchford owned land and a property on the Isle of Wight that might be suitable. Negotiations to buy the house (later demolished) and 1,000 acre estate began in December 1843. Lady Isabella apparently drove a hard bargain, but eventually the sale went through for 26,000, paid for by economies Prince Albert had made to the running of the Royal Households.

Queen Victoria was apparently very happy. She was used to the Isle of Wight, having stayed at Norris Castle when she was younger. This would be the couple's private family home, set in pretty countryside, secluded and quiet and suitable for sea-bathing (in those days done usually for health benefits).

They wouldn't be disturbed by the different departments that administered Windsor and Buckingham Palace. She wrote to her Uncle Leopold "It sounds so snug and nice to have a place of one's own, quiet and retired and free from all Woods and Forests and other charming Departments that really are the bane of one's life."

'Serving Victoria' Kate Hubbard Page 98.

(In June 1846 the new house, designed by Albert, was complete and there was a grand house-warming celebration.)
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