Sunday, 21 June 2009

While Marley's Away...

Thanks to Tash at Palos Verdes Daily Photo we have arrived on the Isle of Wight. As I mentioned yesterday, the island is situated of off the South coast of England and one of the main tourist attractions there is Osborne House, with its impressive Flagtower. Here is some info on the house -

"Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat.

Prince Albert designed the house himself in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. The builder was Thomas Cubitt, the London architect and builder whose company built the main façade of Buckingham Palace for the royal couple in 1847. An earlier smaller house on the site was demolished to make way for a new and far larger house.

Following Queen Victoria's death, the house became surplus to royal requirements and was given to the state with a few rooms retained as a private royal museum dedicated to Queen Victoria. From 1903 until 1921 it was used as a junior officer training college for the Royal Navy known as the Royal Naval College, Osborne. Today, it is a tourist attraction and fully open to the public."


Hilda said...

It's gorgeous! Thank you, Tash! :)

And Marley, this was a wonderful idea! Thank you too.

Jane Hards Photography said...

It is a very ornate place steeped in history and not one I have visited. Beautifully captured light.

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