Thursday, May 17, 2012

Queen Mary's Dollhouse / Queen Elizabeth

This most elaborately crafted dollhouse, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was presented at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924, and was to serve as an emblem of Imperial Britain post-World War I.  Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, Mary loved tiny objects and this dollhouse became the inspiration for one of the most extraordinary gifts ever presented to the Royal family.  Slightly Baroque in style and five feet tall, the miniature castle has original writings by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling, miniature paintings by da Vinci and Rembrandt, petite silver serving trays, a Rolls-Royce and limousines in the garage, a flushable toilet, Dunhill rolled cigarettes, a grandfather clock, a lawn mower, and much more.  This dollhouse is located in Windsor Castle.

Interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth…

* The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
* The Queen is patron to more than 600 charities.
* To formally greet the Queen men should perform a neck bow (from the head only) while women perform a small curtsy. On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is 'Your Majesty' and subsequently 'Ma'am'.
* The Queen is 5ft 4 inches tall.
Queen Mary

Queen Mary's Dollhouse

Dollhouse Dining Room

Dollhouse Library