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Inveraray Castle, Scotland’s Iconic Attraction

Inveraray Castle or Caisteal Inbhir Aora (Scottish Gaelic) is a country house in the town of Inveraray in the county of Argyll in Scotland, United Kingdom. It sits on the shore of Scotland’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne. Classified as an A-listed building, Inveraray Castle is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture.
A Rich History
The site of Inveraray Castle was previously occupied by a small medieval castle that was built in the mid-15th century after the head of Clan Campbell, Sir Duncan Campbell, decided to move the family seat from Loch Awe to Loch Fyne. Being on Loch Awe made the Campbells important throughout Argyll, but transferring to Loch Fyne meant access to the sea and the Firth of Clyde, and it also allowed them to be one of the most important families in Scotland for centuries.
There was once an old stronghold—a four-storey tower with a garret, and bartizans with conical roofs—near Inveraray Castle. However, nothing of which remains today.
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Carisbrooke Castle, the Isle of Wight’s Most Historic Castle

The motte-and-bailey Carisbrooke Castle can be found in the village of Crisbrooke in Isle of Wight, England. The First occupation on the site has been suggested, but never proven, to go as far back as the pre-Roman times.The earliest definite use of the site was for a pagan Anglo-Saxon cemetery dating back to the 6th century. Three graves were unearthed during excavations.
Around 1000, the site, a prominent hilltop located at the center of the island, became an Anglo-Saxon burh or fortress, serving as refuge against the Vikings. Following the Norman conquest, the burh was converted into a castle. They dug deep ditches within the fortress and built a defended closure.
A Norman Fortification
In 1100, The Isle of Wight came under the lordship created by Henry I for Baldwin de Redvers. It is assumed that Baldwin built the current motte-and-bailey castle. Following Henry I’s death, Baldwin supported the king’s daughter, Matilda, in her claim to the throne, which was challenged by the king…

Marlborough House – From Royal Residence to Commonwealth Headquarters

Marlborough House, situated in St James's in Westminster, Inner London, has been in existence for over 300 years. For more than a century, it was a favored royal residence, which, for a certain period, served as a venue for London’s high society.

Originally built in the 1700s, Marlborough House was built for Queen Anne’s favorite confidante, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, who wanted a house that was "strong, plain and convenient and good". In 1709, Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most revered English architects of all time, and his son were commissioned to design the Marlborough House. The brick building with rusticated stone quoins was completed in 1711. For more than a century, it serves as the London residence of the Dukes of Marlborough.

Royal Residence 

In 1817, Marlborough House reacquired by the Crown and became the residence of Princess Charlotte of Wales and her husband, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, the future King Leopold I of the Belgians. Unfortu…

In Pictures: Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

Elizabeth II does not only reign as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but also of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

She has visited Canada many times more than any other country in the world. Her first official visit was as Duchess of Edinburgh in 1951. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the heiress presumptive to the throne toured Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Alberta in 1951, on behalf of her ailing father.  The National Film Board of Canada documented this  five-week journey and released it in December 1951.

In February 1952, Elizabeth succeeded her father and reigned as Elizabeth II. In  November 1953, accompanied by Prince Philip, she embarked the World Commonwealth Tour, her longest and most extensive, which took…

The Crown Estate, the Sovereign’s Public Estate

Perhaps, one of the most incorrectly assumed information regarding the fortune of the British Royal Family is that they own the Crown Estate. No, they do not, and neither does the government. Discussing its ownership could be pretty complicated, but to keep it simple, the Crown Estate is a property portfolio owned by British monarch as a corporation sole. It is the "Sovereign's public estate" but is it not the personal property of the monarch.

So, who owns the Crown Estate?

The Crown Estate is owned by the reigning monarch in right of The Crown. Thus, the Crown Estate is tied to the crown and to the monarch himself. Properties owned by the Crown Estate cannot be disposed and not even its revenues are owned monarch.

The Crown Estate’s operation is run by an independent-body called the Crown Estate Commissioners. The Estate’s surplus revenue is remitted every year to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation's finances, thus, the monarch does not directly benefit fro…

Mary Goelet, Duchess of Roxburghe, and her Happily Ever After

Mary Goelet was born on October 6, 1878 in New York City, U.S.A., the daughter and first of two children of Ogden Goelet and Mary Rita Wilson. Her father was a yachtsman, landlord, businessman, and a prominent heir from New York City. He was the grandson of Peter Goelet, heir to one of the largest fortunes during the Gilded Age. Her mother, on the one hand, was one of the renowned “marrying Wilsons” who married into the wealthiest and most prominent families of the day.

The Goelets descended from the French Huguenots who fled France and sought for religious freedom in the Americas, amassing large fortunes as traders and merchants. The family went on to purchase huge Manhattan estates, earning money through building and renting out houses.


In 1897, Mary was rumored to be engaged to the 20-year-old William Montagu, 9th Duke of Manchester, who eventually married another American heiress, Helena Zimmerman. One story reveals that William only said he was engaged to Mary in order t…

The Royal Lodge: A Private Home for the British Royals

The Royal Lodge  is one of the private residences of the British Royal Familyand, many times in the past, by various officers of the Royal Household.   It is located within the Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, England, half a mile north of Cumberland Lodge and three miles south of Windsor Castle.

History of the House

There appears to have been a house situated on the site as far back as 1662. By 1750, the small brick house was used in conjunction with the adjacent dairy. Around such time, it was known as Lower Lodge, Great Lodge, and Dairy Lodge.

In the mid-18th century, the house was called the Deputy Ranger’s House after it became home to military topographer and artist Thomas Sandby, then the Deputy Ranger of the Windsor Great Park. It was enlarged in 1792 and was occupied by the Park Bailiff, Joseph Frost, and then by the General Superintendent of Farms.

In 1812, the future King George IV used the house as temporary lodging while rebuilding his intended residence, the nearby Cumbe…
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