Thursday, December 10, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Regency Buckingham Palace Decorated For Christmas is Gorgeous

Buckingham Palace as it looked before 1847

Regency Buckingham Palace is a gorgeous and well done virtualization of how one of the most iconic structures in London, and arguably the most famous Royal Palace in the world, looked from 1840 - 1846, in the early reign of Queen Victoria. Buckingham Palace first became the main residence of the monarch of the United Kingdom at the beginning of Victoria's epic 63 year reign. You can read the explanation below in case you are interested in my reasoning in determining this  6-year period.


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:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20Texas/165/52/2002

(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):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/07/happy-independence-day-colonial-militia.html

Mont Saint Bruno (April 2014):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2014/04/great-second-life-destinations-baroque.html

Find out more about events at Buckingham Palace Regency:
http://royalcourts.ning.com/forum/topics/regency-buckingham-palace#.VmHbz_krKhc


The Music Room

Links to Second Life Destination Guides:

To find more places to visit for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, go to the Second Life Destination Guide for Winter Attractions:
http://secondlife.com/destinations/winter

To see my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations

Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for current coverage of more great destinations to visit:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations


The Picture Gallery

A Short History of Buckingham Palace (taken from Wiki):

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

History of Buckingham Palace (Continued):

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

My rationale for arriving  at the time frame of December 1840 - December 1846:

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

Rationale for Time Frame 1840 - 1846 (Continued):

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:

Wiki entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckingham_Palace

Information on Visiting Buckingham Palace:
https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-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:
http://www.historytoday.com/alison-barnes/first-christmas-tree



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


4 comments:

  1. I am chuckling at the author`s correct identification of the implications of the painting of Princess Victoria`s mother - a joke of my own, carefully planted! Of course, we are playing George IV`s reign here at Buckingham, rather than Victoria`s, because there is so much room for humour in it - and also because the inspiration and original building frenzy was his, and if only he could have lived seven more years, he would have taken up residence in his vision; we`re doing a little wish-fulfillment on his behalf (as well as enjoying the architecture). George`s brother and successor William IV let the construction continue because so much had been done that leaving it undone would have been wasteful - but he resented it, possibly as much as he disliked the mother of his own successor.

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    1. I love the term "adventuress". It is so tasteful and royal but completely nasty isn't it?

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  2. Good morning Eddi..:) I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. After 3.5 years of building, your kind words about the build are well received. As noted by Tiamat, we are set in the reign of George IV, but your rational for the 7 years you narrowed down was correct. I have no doubt, that when George IV hired John Nash to transform Buckingham House to Buckingham Palace, he had every intention of making it the official home of the monarchy. If it had been left up to William IV, Buckingham Palace would be home to Parliament and not the Palace, as he detested it so much he tried to turn it over to Parliament to use as Parliament had burned down. Good thing for Victoria and all of us, Parliament refused.
    Thank you again for your kind words and for visiting. Please come back and visit any time. And if you have any questions or would like a personal tour, just let me know, and I would be glad to show you around.

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    1. I love Buckingham Palace Regency! Of course, this is fantasy, and setting this for events in the time of the Regency or Reign of profligate but highly entertaining George IV is perfectly appropriate! Victoria was not that much fun of course, her marriage to Prince Albert was extremely domestic and wild and licentious parties were simple not her style. Role playing during the reign of George IV - a few years earlier -- can give us such fun scenes as and incredibly extravagant Royal Party attended by the licentious aristocracy slamming the door in the face of his estranged wife, Queen Caroline of Brunswick, trying to gain admission and having the doors slammed in her face - just like what happened during his coronation in real life! Everyone at the party can stand by various entrances telling her to go away! She can have her "adopted son" William Austin, and her handsome Italian "special companion" Pergami in tow along with an even more wild entourage demanding she be admitted. It can be a gas. The extended Regency period (1810 - 1837) is far more fun a time to role play than the priggish and repressive (at least in public demeanor) Victorian era!

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