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The Queen's Palaces [DVD]
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A celebration of these great royal palaces and their history in three films presented by Fiona Bruce.
Fiona tells the fascinating stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and leading experts share their knowledge of the Kings and Queens whose vision and taste left their mark on these exceptional buildings. As Fiona takes us on a journey through 1,000 years of history, we discover some of the great treasures from the Royal Collection housed within three world-famous landmarks.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales introduces the royal palaces and tells us of the place they have in the life of the Monarchy and in the history of Britain.
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As another reviewer has written, Fiona Bruce features in many of the shots and, as she certainly is not antique, one assumes the director wanted to vary the visuals, at least I assume it was the direcor's choice.
The palaces come off very well and, although there will obviously be differences of opinion as to what should have been included, by the end of each programme, one learns a great deal about these buildings in which so much history as occurred and, unlike the original programmes, it is possible to study them at length using the pause control. There is not much bonus material and a booklet would have helped but, that said, it is a good DVD.
I was not happy with the fact that too much film time seemed to be directly focused on showing Fiona Bruce, playing centre stage walking around, and not enough film time on filming and showing the actual rooms and buildings. Was there really such a need to have the presenter in almost each and every shot?
On a plus note it was nice to see "The Centre Room" in Buckingham Palace a room that I would love to see for myself but one that is never open to the public when the Palace is open - such a pity as I expect a lot of people would like to have a "nose" around in there! I wish that ERII would allow public access but I expect it would prove too difficult to incorporate on a visitor route with all the State Rooms that are open to the public being at the rear of the Palace, and this room being at the front.
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It was bought as a gift to a friend living in the U.S.A. Great value for money and it arrived on time for me to send before Christmas.Published 19 months ago by Almost French
Series was even better on DVD as I could pause it to look at the amazing details of these wonderful palaces.Published on 3 Jun. 2014 by Jonathan Hughes
I see all episodes on BBC but I like to watch it when ever I want. I love this DVD, wish there are more like thesePublished on 17 May 2014 by Katarina
Bought this for a friend who lives in Germany and she was delighted with it! She had already visited Buckingham Palace twice but made her want to return for Windsor and Holyrood!Published on 7 May 2014 by mary hutchinson