Secrets Of The Royal Palaces

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Secrets Of The Royal Palaces

Buckingham Palace is known throughout the world as the headquarters of the royal family, and is one of our most recognisable palaces, but in fact its current incarnation is only a century or so old.

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Season 2
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Whitehall - London's lost royal palace - was decimated by a fire in 1698. When Henry the VIII snatched the palace from Cardinal Wolsey in 1530, he set about spending the equivalent of 10 million pounds turning it into 'a great big leisure centre'.
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Kensington Palace had always been a party palace but a gap in succession made way for foreign import George I of Hanover. George set about refurbing the palace for his court, brimming with subliminal messages to beguile anyone against his rule.
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From public births, to leeches, to anal fistulas - in this feature length documentary, we reveal the Secrets of the Royal Doctors. With insights from Princess Beatrice's personal trainer, Princess Diana's acupuncturist and her holistic medicine guru, among others.
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This episode will focus on royal kitchens through the ages examining the evolution of royal culinary traditions during periods such as the medieval and Tudor right the way through to the modern day. We will examine royal dining from the context of some of the great state banquets with an aim of understanding their diplomat...
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Windsor Castle is a fortress, built over 900 years ago to house an army as well as the court. Edward III, obsessed with tales of Camelot, guided the reconstruction. Building works were made difficult in the wake of the bubonic plague, which had wiped out a third of the population, but the result is a building of mythic str...
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For the British royals, jewelry is no mere adornment. From the stones to the settings, everything has significance - be it a political power play, a family heirloom, or a national treasure. In this sparkling documentary, we take a closer look at the tiaras, earrings, rings, and neckpieces that make up the royal collection ...
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The palaces of the British monarchy project an image of luxury, wealth, and power to the world. But they are also the real, working homes of the royal family. In this entertaining and eye-opening hour, we reveal what goes on behind the gilded gates.
Season 1
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Hidden in central London is the Palace of St James, often overlooked but in fact it is the real seat of royal power. Built by Henry VIII for his second wife, Anne Boleyn, but when finished, seven years later, he was on to wife number four. The Chapel Royal's ceiling is dedicated to Anne of Cleves.
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Holyrood House in Edinburgh is the royal's official residence in Scotland - a fortress which has seen bloody struggles for power. It was the home of Mary Queen of Scots who saw her secretary David Rizzio murdered in front of her there. And it's where her second husband, Lord Darnley, was murdered too. Her tragic history is...
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In this episode we explore Kensington Palace, home to the extended royal family, the aunts and cousins who need somewhere suitable to live. Its first royal occupants were William and Mary, who reigned from 1688. They employed architect Christopher Wren, then halfway through a massive building program on St Paul's Cathedral...
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Highgrove House in Gloucester is the smallest royal residence currently in use, with only nine bedrooms. It is Prince Charles’s own creation - he bought it, renovated it and made an extraordinarily innovative and inspiring garden in the 12 acres that surround the house. Described as an organic oasis, they include a sewage ...
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Sandringham in Norfolk is one of the few royal residences owned personally by the Windsors. It was purchased in 1861 for the rakish Prince Edward in the hopes of settling him down in the countryside. Instead, he turned it into the perfect party palace with a bowling alley, billiards and endless hunting and shooting.
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Windsor Castle is a fortress, built over 900 years ago to house an army as well as the court. Edward III, obsessed with tales of Camelot, guided the reconstruction. Building works were made difficult in the wake of the bubonic plague, which had wiped out a third of the population, but the result is a building of mythic str...
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We explore Balmoral, built by Prince Albert as a highland getaway for himself and Queen Victoria. Part medieval fortress, part French chateau, it's not to everyone's taste. But its function today is just as Prince Albert intended - to provide the royal family with a retreat from prying eyes.
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Our series begins with Buckingham Palace, the brainchild of George IV, who hired architect John Nash to turn modest Buckingham House into a palace on a grand European scale. Nash doubled its size and made it the focus of central London. Queen Victoria added another major expansion, shifting George’s beloved entrance, Marbl...
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