Monday, October 22, 2007

Carlton House

In the summer of 1811, the Prince of Wales (later George IV) hosted a stunning reception for the exiled Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France, the daughter of murdered Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, as described in the novel Madame Royale. The party took place at the Prince's opulent London residence, Carlton House. There the Duchess of Angouleme had the dramatic encounter with her cousin Louis-Philippe. The banquet was held in the famous gothic conservatory, shown below. Carlton House was demolished in 1827 by the aging George IV.



Anonymous said...

What a shame that such an extraordinary building was demolished.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes. He was told it was structurally unsound and I also think he wanted an excuse to build Buckingham Palace.