London with Brexit is now referred to as Dailymailistan. Today 14 October the look on the face of the Queen in Parliament and of Prince Charles said volumes, she has been humiliated by this thug Boris J. and his incompetent government. Despite the Speech from the Throne there is NO guarantee anything will happen. The whole thing is a huge farce. It also opens the door to questions of the relevance of the Monarchy, if the Prime Minister can lie to the Sovereign and get away with it. But I digress
So on our final leg of our European trip we arrived from Amsterdam by Eurostar train at St-Pancras Station in London. It is truly a marvel of architecture of the 19th century and has been completely restored. I really like it as a Train Station, it is the one referred to in Harry Potter.
In London there is a great choice of Hotels and Air B&B but the problem is the price, not that Amsterdam is any more affordable. We did find a great place to stay in a Pub. Yes a British Pub. The company is called www.pubandrooms.com they have 4 establishments in Central London and at $192 CDN dollars simply great.
The Hayden Pub and rooms on 65 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London
We were tired at this point and London was just a short stop of 2 days, so we simply decided to walk around. We did not see JP and Guido of itsmyhusbandandme on WordPress. Unfortunate because we would have liked to met them.
We strolled around and went to see two exhibits at Kensington Palace, one on the Hanoverian Dynasty, George I and George II and Queen Caroline very interesting and funny. The second one was on Queen Victoria who was celebrating her 200th Birthday in September. She was born at Kensington Palace, grew up there and this is where it was announced to her early one morning that she was now Queen. The rooms have been preserved and it was interesting to see. What I did not know was that Victoria was only 4.5 feet tall, she had 9 children which caused her a serious hernia which affected her after 1863 until her death in 1901, causing her to become morbidly fat, not being able to walk properly and depression. The exhibits had her dresses and many personal artifacts.
Her parents bedroom where she was born in 1819 and her crib. Her parents were Prince Edward, one of the sons of King George III and her mother was German, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, later Duchess of Kent and Strathearn.
Here is a dress Victoria wore at age 31, (1850) notice how the left arm is smaller and shorter than the right, a deformity hidden from the public.
Here is the room on the ground floor at Kensington Palace with the table were Princess Victoria sitting at the top was told by the Prime Minister and with all the other Court Officials in attendance that her uncle King William IV had died in the night and now she was Queen. The display on the table recreates the situation of that early morning announcement in this very room. She was 18 years old.
H.M. King William IV, son of King George III and uncle to Victoria. Government House on Fanningbank Estate in Charlottetown PEI was built under his reign.
In part two, I will complete the story of our visit to the Palace.