The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations are being marked in fine style on the Isle of Wight, with four days of celebrations at Osborne House, home of the only other British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee – Queen Victoria.
Osborne House is surely top of the list for any antiques enthusiasts visiting the Isle of Wight from Lancashire. The antique dining tables of the opulent dining room are laid as if for a state banquet, gleaming with silverware and cut glass and with Victorian dining chairs at the ready. The State Drawing Room is equally lavish, with Persian carpets, Open Bookcases and richly upholstered sofas and antique balloon back dining chairs . The extensive grounds – complete with Queen Victoria’s bathing machine – are equally enticing.
Osborne House ceased being a royal residence in 1901, but in recent years it has been restored to its former glory by English Heritage, who has laid on a sensational Jubilee garden party that would amuse even Queen Victoria herself. From Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th June, there will be a choice for visitors from Cumbria: the antique cabinets and Victorian dining chairs of the Durbar Room, or the Indian cavalry and Victorian equestrian events in the grounds. There will even be a visit from Queen Victoria herself, as well as traditional fairground attractions and a rousing brass band.
The seaside palace of Osborne House is a joy for lovers of high Victorian décor. Visit an antique dealer in Preston for Victorian balloon back dining chairs and antique desks of similar quality.
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