Throne Room Buckingham Palace London about 1892

THRONE ROOM BUCKINGHAM PALACE LONDON — “A throne,” said Napoleon, “is only a collection of boards covered with velvet.” Nevertheless, it symbolizes so much of wealth, rank and power, that one approaches it with at least respectful interest. The Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, the usual London residence of Queen Victoria and her household, is a magnificent apartment. Its length is sixty-four feet. Its walls are covered with crimson satin. The royal chair itself stands on a slightly elevated platform beneath a velvet canopy. This is, however, by no means the only room within this palace which repays the traveler’s inspection. The Ball Room, the Banquet Hall, and Picture Gallery, the various Reception Rooms and above all the splendid staircase of the palace, which together with its elegant Corinthian columns is of pure white marble, all these are what we might expect in this abode of English Royalty. The interior of Buckingham Palace is, however, much more attractive than its exterior, although adjoining it is the extensive palace-garden which contains sixty acres and is very beautifully kept, and possesses a pretty summer house, frescoed by such distinguished artists as Maclise and Landseer. This little villa has been used by her Majesty when she has been obliged to spend any of the summer season in the city. Near this palace are the Royal stables, where are kept the state-carriages and the horses of the Queen. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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