Buckingham Palace, located in central London, is the main palace and office of the British monarch, and is one of the venues for the British royal family to host foreign heads of state and hold national celebrations. Buckingham Palace is open to the public for about 10 weeks each year. From July 20th to September 29th, it is the opening day of Buckingham Palace this summer. Each year, Buckingham Palace Summer Day will choose different themes and will be organized around this theme. This year’s theme is “The Queen’s Buckingham Palace” to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth.
Visitors from all over the world can not only walk into the palace that is still in use, but also visit the room and furnishings of the royal family. Through the exhibition, you can learn about the life of Victoria and the story of her mutual achievement with Buckingham Palace.
In 1837, Queen Victoria, who had just been in office for three weeks and was only 18 years old, moved to Buckingham Palace and officially adopted it as the British royal residence. At that time, the palace building was still unfinished. In this case, many rooms were decorated and decorated in accordance with the views of Queen Victoria. After the Queen’s marriage, she ordered the expansion of Buckingham Palace. Nowadays, the most famous “East Facade” of Buckingham Palace is the gift of Queen Victoria. According to the organizers, Queen Victoria has transformed Buckingham Palace into what it is now known, perfecting the function of Buckingham Palace as a trinity of “family residence, official headquarters of the monarchy and national meeting place”.
In line with this year’s theme, the exhibitors placed many portraits of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. Among them, the most eye-catching one is the oil painting depicting the wedding of two people. In the picture, the highlights gathered in a white wedding dress, Queen Victoria, the Queen looked at her husband with deep affection. Although there are not many characters in the picture, it creates a luxurious and warm wedding atmosphere. Interestingly, the author of the painting, Sir George Aite, secretly painted himself in the painting. In the shadow on the far right side of the picture, a man is sketching down. This person is Sir Ai Tai.
George Aytay is Queen Victoria’s “Urban” painter. The Royal Collection Foundation, which operates and maintains the British royal collection, holds nearly 300 paintings of Ai Tai, a large part of which depicts Queen Victoria and other royal members. In addition to the Queen’s wedding, the Queen’s coronation ceremony and the baptism of the Prince of Wales, two oil paintings depicting historic moments are also from the hands of Ai Tai.
Victoria and Albert have a special liking for the ball. According to records, the Queen and the couple hosted three costume masquerades at Buckingham Palace, and the “Stuart Ball” on July 13, 1851 was the most amazing. The guests of the ball wore the costumes of Charles II, and the queen himself wore a golden dress. The lace weave mimicked the 17th century “Venice Bullet” style, known as the Queen’s most existing clothing. A dazzling piece. However, in the eyes of the Queen, the more dazzling is Prince Albert. She wrote in her diary: “My beloved Albert looks very handsome and honorable, which makes me very proud.”
However, the death of Prince Albert in 1861 caused Buckingham Palace and its owner to faint in an instant. Queen Victoria left Buckingham Palace and did not ask for government affairs for months. “After my dear person left us, I can no longer write a diary… Without him I can’t live, no one calls me Victoria again.” This mournful monologue also confuses the listener. When the Queen finally returned to the eyes of the people and regained the position of the royal family, the United Kingdom ushered in several leap. In 1876, Queen Victoria became the Queen of India; in 1880, Buckingham Palace installed the telephone and carried out electric power transformation; in 1888, Queen Victoria became the first monarch in the world to record her own voice; in 1897, Queen Victoria was in place 60 On the anniversary, a “Drilling Telegraph” was issued from Buckingham Palace…
From the age of 18 to the age of 82, the death of the Queen of Victoria, Queen spent nearly a lifetime to push the United Kingdom to the glory peak, shaping a “day is not falling empire.” During her reign, the British economy, society, and culture developed rapidly, and the constitutional monarchy was consolidated. In 1851, London held the world-famous “World Industrial Fair”, a symbol of the prosperity of the “Victorian era” and the peak of international exchanges. The love of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is even more talked about. The couple had a total of nine children. These children were married to the European royal family, and they had many sons. They also won the title of “European Grandmother” for Victoria.
Today’s Buckingham Palace, many Queen Victoria’s “heritage” have been inherited, for example, in the event of important festivals, members of the royal family will make a collective appearance on the balcony of the “East Facade” of Buckingham Palace and hold the “Garden Party” of Buckingham Palace every summer.