Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. The builder was Thomas Cubitt. An earlier smaller house on the site was demolished to make way for a new and far larger house, though the original entrance portico survives as the main gateway to the walled garden. I took nearly 180 pictures at Osborne House so I can only show you a very small selection to give you some idea of what a marvellous place it is to visit. It was difficult to get this all in one picture hence the two side by side. On the left hand side is the Durbar Wing, an addition to the building in 1890-91 to house part of Victoria’s extensive family. The central building with the tower is The Pavilion which was completed in 1845 and consisted of the main rooms for both the residents and the staff. On the right is the Main Wing with the Grand Corridor link various parts of the house together. The foreground in both pictures is the carriage ring where visiting guests etc.’s carriages would be drawn up when arriving or departing. Sadly photography is not allowed in the house, by order of Her Majesty the Queen, which is a shame as there are some beautiful rooms and a host of excellent statues.
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