Clarence House in London

Saturday, 1 April 2017 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, House of the Month, London, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks
Reading Time:  4 minutes

© ChrisO/cc-by-sa-3.0

© ChrisO/cc-by-sa-3.0

Clarence House is a royal residence in London, situated on The Mall, in the City of Westminster. It is attached to St. James’s Palace and shares the palace’s garden. For nearly 50 years, from 1953 to 2002, it was home to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It has since been the official residence of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Clarence House also served as the official residence for Prince William from 2003 until his 2011 marriage and for Prince Harry from 2003 until 2012. It is open to visitors for approximately one month each summer, usually August, and is one of many royal buildings in London. Since 2003, the term “Clarence House” has often been used as a metonym for the Prince of Wales’s private office. The term “St. James’s Palace” had been previously used. Clarence House is Grade I listed on the National Heritage List for England.

The house was built between 1825 and 1827 to a design by John Nash. It was commissioned by the Duke of Clarence, who in 1830 became King William IV of Great Britain and Ireland. He lived there in preference to the nearby St. James’s Palace, which he found too cramped. From William IV the house passed to his sister Princess Augusta Sophia and, following her death in 1840, to Queen Victoria‘s mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. In 1866, it became the home of Queen Victoria’s second son and fourth child Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, also Duke of Edinburgh, until his death in 1900.

© Funguy06 © ChrisO/cc-by-sa-3.0 Clarence House in 1874
<
>
© ChrisO/cc-by-sa-3.0
Alfred’s younger brother Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Queen Victoria’s third son, used the house from 1900 until his death in 1942, during which time it suffered damage inflicted by enemy bombing. It was used by the Red Cross and the St. John Ambulance Brigade as their headquarters during the rest of the Second World War, before being given to Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Anne, Princess Royal, was born there in 1950. In 1953, after the death of King George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret moved there, although the latter eventually moved into an apartment in Kensington Palace.

The house has four storeys, not including attics or basements, and is faced in pale stucco. It has undergone extensive remodelling and reconstruction over the years, most notably after the Second World War, such that relatively little remains of Nash’s original structure. The Prince of Wales moved there in 2003 after the house underwent massive refurbishment following the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The house has been completely rewired, most of the major rooms were redecorated by the interior designer Robert Kime, and the building was given an external face-lift.

Read more on VisitLondon.com – Clarence House, Royal.uk – Clarence House, RoyalCollection.org.uk – Clarence House and Wikipedia Clarence House. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Theme Week Warsaw - The National Stadium

Theme Week Warsaw - The National Stadium

[caption id="attachment_153964" align="aligncenter" width="590"] National Stadium in Warsaw © Pjahr[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The National Stadium (Polish: Stadion Narodowy) is a football stadium located in Warsaw. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home stadium of Poland national football team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 58,500 which makes it the largest association football arena in Poland. Its construction started in 2008 and finished in November 2011. It is located on the site of the for...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Guatemala - Tikal National Park

Theme Week Guatemala - Tikal National Park

[caption id="attachment_223458" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Tikal Plaza and North Acropolis © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Guatemala. It is one of the largest archeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the ...

[ read more ]

Museum of the Moving Image in Queens

Museum of the Moving Image in Queens

[caption id="attachment_164315" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © NickCPrior/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Museum of the Moving Image is a media museum located in Astoria, Queens in New York City in a former building of what is now the Kaufman Astoria Studios. The museum originally opened in 1988 as the American Museum of the Moving Image. In March 2008, the museum broke ground for a $65 million expansion that doubled the museum's size and added a new theater and educational space. While the museum remained open d...

[ read more ]

Château de Valençay

Château de Valençay

[caption id="attachment_201594" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Entry © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Château de Valençay was a residence of the d'Estampes and Talleyrand-Périgord families in the commune of Valençay, the Indre département of France. Although geographically, it is part of the province of Berry, its architecture invites comparison with the Renaissance châteaux of the Loire Valley, notably the Château de Chambord. The manor was praised as "one of the most beautiful on earth" b...

[ read more ]

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

[caption id="attachment_153388" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Elbphilharmonie model © MissyWegner/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (nicknamed Elphi) is a concert hall under construction in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg. The concert hall is designed by Herzog & de Meuron on top of an old warehouse (Kaispeicher A). It will be the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg, with a final height of 110m. On 2 April 2007, the First Mayor of Hamburg Ole von Beust, Henner Mahlstedt, Hochtief Cons...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

Theme Week Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

[caption id="attachment_240712" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Primorsko © flickr.com - Boby Dimitrov/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, also known as the Bulgarian Riviera, covers the entire eastern bound of Bulgaria stretching from the Romanian Black Sea resorts in the north to European Turkey in the south, along 378 km of coastline. White and golden sandy beaches occupy approximately 130 km of the 378 km long coast. The region is an important center of tourism during the summer season (Ma...

[ read more ]

The San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area

[caption id="attachment_171621" align="aligncenter" width="590"] San Francisco Cable Car on California Street © Fred Hsu/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The San Francisco Bay Area (referred to locally as the Bay Area) is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun estuaries in California. Although the exact boundaries of the region vary depending on the source, the Bay Area is generally accepted to include the nine counties that border the aforementioned estuaries: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, ...

[ read more ]

Doral in Florida

Doral in Florida

[caption id="attachment_240353" align="aligncenter" width="590"] CityPlace © Ven-Lib/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Doral is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. One of 34 municipalities in the county, it is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Miami International Airport and 13 miles (21 km) west of Downtown Miami. Doral occupies 15 square miles (39 km²) bordered on the west by the Ronald Reagan Turnpike and the Florida Everglades, on the north by the town of Medley, on the east by the Palmetto Expressway an...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Amsterdam - Albert Cuyp Market, the largest daytime street market in Europe

Theme Week Amsterdam - Albert Cuyp Market, the largest daytime street market in Europe

[caption id="attachment_25859" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - yeowatzup/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Albert Cuyp Market is a street market in Amsterdam, on the Albert Cuypstraat between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat, in the De Pijp area of the Oud-Zuid district of the city. The street and market are named for Albert Cuyp, a painter from the 17th century. The market began as an ad hoc collection of street traders and pushcarts. By the beginning of the 20th century, this had become so c...

[ read more ]

William Shakespeare's hometown Stratford-upon-Avon

William Shakespeare's hometown Stratford-upon-Avon

[caption id="attachment_153830" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Mercure The Shakespeare Hotel © Green Lane[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. It lies on the River Avon, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham and 8 miles (13 km) south west of Warwick. It is the largest and most populous town of the District of Stratford-on-Avon, which uses the term "on" to indicate that it covers a much larger area than the town itself. Four electoral wards make up ...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
© Matt H. Wade/cc-by-sa-3.0
Theme Week Washington, D.C. – The White House

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600...

© Rudolf Klein/cc-by-sa-3.0-de
Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar

The Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar houses a major collection of German literature and historical documents. The library contains...

Set of Martin Scorsese's 'Gangs of New York' © Supercazzola
Cinecittà Studios in Rome

Cinecittà (Cinema City) is a large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema. The studios...

Close