Thursday, June 4, 2009

Queen Mary's Dolls House

Queen Mary’s DH
Windsor Castle, a royal palace and fortress for over 900 years, is an official residence of The Queen and remains a working palace today. The State Apartments, the Drawings Gallery, St. George's Chapel, Albert Memorial Chapel, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House, are open to visitors for most of the year. A palace in miniature, Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the most famous dolls’ house in the world. Built to a scale of 1:12 by master craftsmen in the 1920s, everything in the house is absolute perfection. The mechanical and engineering equipment – water system, electric lighting, and elevators – actually work! The gramophone plays, the wine bottles in the cellar contain genuine vintage wines, and there are more than 200 miniature volumes of books by famous authors of the day, some in their own hand, in the library. The Jumeau dolls of the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, with complete wardrobes and every imaginable accessory, are exhibited with the dolls' house. A video and several books about the dolls' house are offered in various shop locations throughout the castle grounds.

Queen Mary’s DH in Windsor Castle
Picture of packing DH in 1924
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