|Buckingham Palace as it looked before 1847|
|Marble Arch in its original location -- moved in 1847|
What makes Regency Buckingham Palace such a stand out is its spectacular Christmas decoration - visible throughout the gorgeous period first floor State Rooms which I show in the photography here.I assigned names to each State Room to corresponding rooms on the current Buckingham Palace floor plan. Regency Buckingham Palace has a great deal of authentic textural detail - this is one of the best period builds in Second Life, and certainly one of the most beautiful all decked out in holiday cheer. I highly recommend a visit to just about everyone.
|Arrive at Buckingham Palace in style -- rez a carriage at the arrival area|
When visiting, I advise you raise your LOD factor in order to process the large amount of textures and detailing used in this build. You can do this by opening your Advanced Menu, go to Debug Settings, and type in "rendervolumeLODfactor". Raise the number to at least 4.0 and as much as 7.5 depending on the strength of your graphics card.
To visit this highly recommended and spectacularly beautiful Christmas Holidays destination:
(Note: The name of the region, Antiquity Texas, may sound like an odd name for the home of Buckingham Palace. Note that Texas-themed historic builds exist at the ground level).
|Rear of Buckingham Palace - Facing Southwest over the Palace Gardens|
See my reviews of other historic regions in the 19-sim Antiquity Archipelago:
Regency Somerset (July 2015):
Mont Saint Bruno (April 2014):
Find out more about events at Buckingham Palace Regency:
|The Music Room|
To find more places to visit for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, go to the Second Life Destination Guide for Winter Attractions:
To see my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for current coverage of more great destinations to visit:
|The Picture Gallery|
Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. The palace has 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London. Buckingham Palace was originally built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and was originally known as Buckingham House It was acquired by King George III in 1761 for Queen Charlotte and the royal children. During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who formed three wings around a central courtyard, as is represented by the historic Second Life build and as seen in these images.
|The Ball Supper Room|
Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the squaring of the open courtyard into a quadrangle with the construction of the iconic Palace East Front. The East Front contains the famous Buckingham Palace Balcony, where the Royal Family gathers to greet crowds during state occasions. The Buckingham Palace State Rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September, as part of the Palace's Summer Opening.
|White Drawing Room|
The Regency Period in British History coincides with The Regency of George Prince of Wales from 1811 - 1820. George was appointed Prince Regent of the United Kingdom by Parliament - reigning in place of his insane father, King George III. When George III died, The Prince Regent automatically became King George IV. However, Buckingham Palace was never the home of King George IV or his brother, King William IV. It cannot be considered a true Regency Palace.
|Queen's Drawing Room|
Queen Victoria was the first British Monarch to consider Buckingham Palace her official residence. She moved in at the tender age of 18, when she became Queen in 1837. She married Prince Albert, a nephew of her mother's, in 1840. Prince Albert introduced the tradition of large numbers of lit and decorated Christmas trees to Buckingham Palace when he moved to Great Britain from a German Principality in 1840. The Marble Arch shown in the build was demolished in 1847 to make way for the new East Wing of Buckingham Palace -- and reconstructed in Hyde Park in 1851. We have to assume that the Buckingham Palace shown with Christmas decorations dates from the early years of Queen Victoria's 63 year reign, in what we now consider the Victorian era.
To further confirm that this cannot be the Palace of anyone but Queen Victoria, King William IV, the monarch before Victoria and her uncle, detested her mother who was also his sister-in-law, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. He considered her to be a pushy and power-hungry adventuress to say the least. His attitude towards her mother can be seen in the film The Young Victoria (2009) - it was not serendipitous. There is no way he would put her portrait up in any of his homes-- as can be seen in the stairwell as last photograph here.
|Green Drawing Room|
Find out more about Buckingham Palace:
Information on Visiting Buckingham Palace:
To read an interesting account of who actually was responsible for the introduction of Christmas trees to British royal residences 40 years before Prince Albert read this article in History Today:
|The Grand Staircase|
Second Portrait from Left: Queen Victoria's Mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg
Third Portrait from Left: Queen Victoria as an infant and her mother
Fourth Portrait from Left: Queen Victoria's Father, Edward, Duke of Kent