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Secrets of the Royal Palaces

  • Season 2
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • History
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Episode 2: Secrets of the Royal Palaces

Summary

The story of how William III's plans to knock down Hampton Court were scuppered when he became caught up in an expensive nine-year war with Louis XIV of France. Kate Williams explores more gruesome stories of palace history, including how St James's Palace doctors killed their queen, why a young African prince is buried in Windsor, and how Queen Anne had two confidantes, possibly lovers, fighting over her.

Review

Anyone doubting there’s any more to learn about the country’s most famous buildings will find a surprising amount to feast on in this engrossing examination of Hampton Court, St James’s and other examples of what one historian delightfully calls “an interplay between art and ego”.

Many royal secrets get a fresh going-over, including Queen Anne’s infamous love triangle and the current monarch’s stamp collection, worth a reported £100 million.

Windsor Castle remains central, as home to the royals for 1,000 years and the resting place of many of them. After the fire in 1992 added to the Queen’s annus horribilis, she assembled family members to work out how to pay for repairs. How she must long for those simpler days.

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Credits

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rolename
DirectorPete Chinn
ProducerPete Chinn
ProducerGareth Prescott
DirectorGareth Prescott
ProducerAnnabelle Draper
DirectorAnnabelle Draper
ProducerSimon Newton
DirectorSimon Newton
Series producerBen Kelly
Executive producerGrace Kitto
Executive producerOliver Wright

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  • Summary

    The story of how William III's plans to knock down Hampton Court were scuppered when he became caught up in an expensive nine-year war with Louis XIV of France. Kate Williams explores more gruesome stories of palace history, including how St James's Palace doctors killed their queen, why a young African prince is buried in Windsor, and how Queen Anne had two confidantes, possibly lovers, fighting over her.

    Review

    Anyone doubting there’s any more to learn about the country’s most famous buildings will find a surprising amount to feast on in this engrossing examination of Hampton Court, St James’s and other examples of what one historian delightfully calls “an interplay between art and ego”.

    Many royal secrets get a fresh going-over, including Queen Anne’s infamous love triangle and the current monarch’s stamp collection, worth a reported £100 million.

    Windsor Castle remains central, as home to the royals for 1,000 years and the resting place of many of them. After the fire in 1992 added to the Queen’s annus horribilis, she assembled family members to work out how to pay for repairs. How she must long for those simpler days.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorPete Chinn
    ProducerPete Chinn
    ProducerGareth Prescott
    DirectorGareth Prescott
    ProducerAnnabelle Draper
    DirectorAnnabelle Draper
    ProducerSimon Newton
    DirectorSimon Newton
    Series producerBen Kelly
    Executive producerGrace Kitto
    Executive producerOliver Wright
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