The Queen's Palaces

The Queen's Palaces

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse

DVD - 2012 | Widescreen edition
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Fiona Bruce tells the fascinating stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Leading experts share their knowledge of the Kings and Qeens whose vision and taste left their mark on these exceptional buildings.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Worldwide ; distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012
Edition: Widescreen edition
ISBN: 9780780694675
0780694678
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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JoanneTravis
Feb 02, 2020

The palaces and their history were fascinating. Gorgeous rooms, architecture, and priceless treasure and works of art were wonderful to see. I found the host to be entirely too much, the center of every shot. Quite a distraction from what I was hoping to view, very hard to overlook in the bright red outfits and long pensive gazes at the walls, ceilings, and paintings. When she reached out and grabbed the musket ball with the fine gold braid embedded in it that killed Admiral Nelson I gasped. I was shocked that the white gloved curator allowed her to touch it. If you can get past Fiona, there is a great deal to see since we will probably never be able to admire these things in real life. I did get to see the Crown Jewels and they were spectacular. The Queen was in residence at Buckingham Palace at the time we were in London and we were unable to take a tour, so this video was the next best thing.

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ManMachine
Jun 21, 2019

After watching this 3-hour guided tour of the British queen's 3 fantastic palaces - I couldn't help but look around at my humble dwellings and realize what a miserable dump my place really is by comparison.

Enjoyably hosted by Fiona Bruce - This historical and insightful documentary takes a close-up look at 1000 years of history that is contained and carefully preserved within the walls of these 3 ancient palaces.

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Derringer
Jun 13, 2019

When it comes to "the lap of luxury" - Have you ever wondered how the British Royals live?

Well, let me tell ya - This impressively presented documentary from the BBC Network takes you on an extensive, 3-hour guided tour of the Queen's 3 regal hang-outs in the U.K.

And, believe me - These mighty fine castles from yesteryear are, indeed, a sight to behold where we, the spectator, are not only permitted to view them from their massive, ancient exteriors - But, we are also given special access to marvel at the magnificent splendor of their awesome interiors, as well.

marycatlyons May 21, 2018

Just fascinating! Not only do you get a look inside some of the most gorgeous palaces in existence, but you also get quite the history lesson. Queen Mary's dolls house at Windsor Castle was my favorite portion of the whole show though!

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vickmeister
Jan 03, 2018

A comprehensive look at three of the most prominent of the British Royal Family's famous residences: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Holyrood house in Edinburgh, Scotland. Enjoy a detailed history of how each place came to be and evolved in unique ways under successive monarchs, view the beautiful rooms and items of historical significance, and learn about how different each monarch was in regards to personality, decorating taste, and habits of the pocketbook. A treat for the fan of English history and historical landmarks.

EuSei Jan 30, 2013

If you can overlook Fiona Bruce, you’re in for a visual treat! She manages to insert herself in every other scene of this documentary, distracting the eye eager to admire the architectural beauties of the palaces and their surroundings. Buckingham Palace opens with her wearing a shirtdress more appropriate to go to the supermarket, not to introduce the viewer to the magnificence of that palace. Her presence is so constant, always blocking a third of the screen, I feared I would spot her face amongst those of Winston Churchill, the king and queen at Buckingham’s balcony commemorating the end of WWI! She even sang—and I highly advise her to keep her day job. In Scotland she parades around the grounds in an electric jacket; inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse she chose a fleshy short red dress, with knee-high laced boots—not what a presenter should wear while introducing gorgeous, princely residences. And the comments this woman makes! At Holyroodhouse, for example, she is shown the wonderful scabbard with a magnificent emerald belonging to King Charles; the only thing she had to say was “What a corker!” What an obtuse statement for a woman presenting an historical video! She just quickly brushes over the origin of Holyroodhouse and dives into a lengthy story of Mary, queen of Scots, a queen who held almost no power. Her annoying and continuous presence, and inane comments diminished considerably what could have been a wonderful documentary.

aaa5756 Sep 21, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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Keogh
Jul 31, 2012

Exceptional trio of documentaries on Buckingham Palace, Windsor, and Holyroodhouse, three of the residences of the Queen. The documentaries go in depth on the history, architecture, furnishings, and more of each place, giving us a look inside places where the public doesn't get a chance to go. Holyroodhouse in particular is fascinating, perhaps because it's the one place that the audience will be least familiar with. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Britain, and the Royals in particular.

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winston16
Jul 13, 2012

Anglophiles will especially enjoy this series but it should be of interest to many others as well.

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