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The Queen's life is dedicated to her public - every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind life of public duty. In The Queen's Houses, Alan Titchmarsh takes us on a tour of the royal residences, examining the personal family stories behind these magnificent buildings. Through personal reflections, interviews with royal staff and meticulous historical research, Alan looks beyond the formal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, the imposing structure of Windsor Castle and the private escape offered by Balmoral and others. Illustrated with intimate family photographs and evocative memorabilia, The Queen's Houses offers a glimpse of life behind the state banquets and sovereign duties - a respectful study of the royal family at home.
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Publisher:||BBC Books an imprint of Ebury Press|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|
The Queen has five residences: Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor, Holyrood and, of course, dear old Buckingham Palace, all of them familiar to her subjects, and several of them the backdrop to some of the most significant moments in our history, notably Windsor and Holyrood. But these great palaces are also homes, places where people live, fall in love, get married, and where children are born, and it is this particular mixture of the personal and the public that Alan Titchmarsh explores in this lavishly illustrated new book. He takes the reader on a guided tour of each residence, exploring its architecture, going in detail into its history, from the people who have lived there to the staff who run these vast hives and keep them gleaming on a day-to-day basis. This is an easy and enjoyable way to refresh one’s knowledge of these important places, and the ravishing illustrations add even more sheen to this lustrous subject.
Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC TV programmes British Isles: A Natural History, How to be a Gardener, Ground Force and Gardeners' World. But he started out in far humbler beginnings, in a rural childhood on the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire.After a spell at Kew he became a horticultural journalist, as an Editor of gardening magazines, before becoming a freelance broadcaster and writer.He has twice been named 'Gardening Writer of the Year' and for four successive years was voted 'Television Personality of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. In 2004 he received ...More About Alan Titchmarsh