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Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday in Windsor Castle the other week so I decided to take a trip there myself and see if the celebrations were still in full swing!
My entrance ticket to the Castle is valid until May as it lasts for a year and I wanted to visit at least four times to get my money's worth! My other visits are under the Windsor label above.
I thought I'd take in Queen Mary's Dolls' House this time which is kept in a darkened room. The sides are open all the way round so you can see into each tiny room, not so tiny really as it is 5 foot high. The first thing I noticed were the cars parked outside - not just any old cars, Rolls Royce, Daimler and others with their own petrol pumps and garage.
|I found these photos on the internet as you can't take your own photos.|
At first glance the house appears remarkable but when you realise that it was designed by Lutyens, has hot and cold running water running through tiny pipes, electricity, working lifts, flushing lavatories, books specially written by famous authors of the day and in fact furnishings made by the best craftsmen and artists but in a scale of 1:12, the house takes on a spectacular appearance.
Each of the thousands of items in the house are scaled down models of the real thing - the cellar has miniature bottles of the finest wine, there are tiny tins of lifebuoy and sunlight soap, real foodstuffs in the cupboards like Coleman's mustard and even a copy of the crown jewels with real diamonds in the strongroom. It is an incredible achievement and a snapshot of royal life in the 1920s. This blog has a lot of photos and information if you would like to see more.
Viewing the Dolls' House behind the glass panel is understandably all you can do but it would be fantastic to marvel over each tiny item more closely. What a wonderful project to coordinate.
Coincidentally, my friend has kindly lent me a book called Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and when I returned home and opened the book, out fell a ticket to Windsor Castle which must have been used as a bookmark. How strange is that!