Queen Elizabeth II: Glimpse inside Her Majesty’s first marital home with Prince Philip


The couple’s first marital home now houses Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. However, when the Queen and Prince Philip moved into the London residence, the home looked a lot different to how it is designed now and was modest compared to Buckingham Palace.

Clarence House was built in the 1800s by architect John Nash who designed the residence to be intentionally plain.

One its website, the Royal Collection Trust said: “Post-war restrictions on building and materials meant that there was still an overall simplicity to the furnishings.”

The Trust explained how the Duke of Edinburgh gave guidance for the Victorian interiors to be “given a fresh new appearance” when the couple moved in.

It added: “Much of the furniture came in the form of wedding presents. In the Dining Room, for instance, the Georgian dining table and 20 ladder-back chairs were the gift of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, while the mahogany sideboard and four side tables were a present from Queen Mary.”

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“They loved Clarence House; it was a family home, but Winston Churchill, who was then Prime Minister, insisted upon it.”

The Queen and Prince Philip’s second child, Princess Anne, was born at Clarence House in 1950.

The Queen Mother also lived at Clarence House from 1953 until her death in 2002.

Before Prince Charles moved into the London home, Clarence House was refurbished using sustainable materials, according to the Royal Collection Trust.

After Prince Philip’s death in April, the Queen chose to change her permanent place of residence to Windsor Castle and is expected to visit the Palace less frequently.



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