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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.
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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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