The Queen's Palaces

The Queen's Palaces

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse

DVD - 2012
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Fiona Bruce tells the fascinating stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Leading experts share their knowledge of the Kings and Qeens whose vision and taste left their mark on these exceptional buildings.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : BBC Video : Warner Home Video, c2012.
ISBN: 9780780694675
0780694678
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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EuSei Jan 30, 2013

If you can overlook Fiona Bruce, you’re in for a visual treat! She manages to insert herself in every other scene of this documentary, distracting the eye eager to admire the architectural beauties of the palaces and their surroundings. Buckingham Palace opens with her wearing a shirtdress more appropriate to go to the supermarket, not to introduce the viewer to the magnificence of that palace. Her presence is so constant, always blocking a third of the screen, I feared I would spot her face amongst those of Winston Churchill, the king and queen at Buckingham’s balcony commemorating the end of WWI! She even sang—and I highly advise her to keep her day job. In Scotland she parades around the grounds in an electric jacket; inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse she chose a fleshy short red dress, with knee-high laced boots—not what a presenter should wear while introducing gorgeous, princely residences. And the comments this woman makes! At Holyroodhouse, for example, she is shown the wonderful scabbard with a magnificent emerald belonging to King Charles; the only thing she had to say was “What a corker!” What an obtuse statement for a woman presenting an historical video! She just quickly brushes over the origin of Holyroodhouse and dives into a lengthy story of Mary, queen of Scots, a queen who held almost no power. Her annoying and continuous presence, and inane comments diminished considerably what could have been a wonderful documentary.

aaa5756 Sep 21, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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Keogh
Jul 31, 2012

Exceptional trio of documentaries on Buckingham Palace, Windsor, and Holyroodhouse, three of the residences of the Queen. The documentaries go in depth on the history, architecture, furnishings, and more of each place, giving us a look inside places where the public doesn't get a chance to go. Holyroodhouse in particular is fascinating, perhaps because it's the one place that the audience will be least familiar with. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Britain, and the Royals in particular.

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winston16
Jul 13, 2012

Anglophiles will especially enjoy this series but it should be of interest to many others as well.

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