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The Queen's Palaces: Buckingham Palace

Exterior photo of Buckingham Palace.
Courtesy of BBC
Exterior photo of Buckingham Palace.

Airs Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse – these buildings have been part of British royal history for hundreds of years. THE QUEEN'S PALACES, a three-part series, showcases the art and architecture, the interior decoration and the treasures stored inside these fabulous buildings and reveals the surprising and fascinating stories behind them.

The Royal Collection

The Royal Collection contains numerous works of art, furniture, jewellery and much more shaped by the personal tastes of Kings and Queens over 500 years.

As well as the story of the building’s creation, as host Fiona Bruce walks around the rooms and corridors she captures the stories and histories of works of art and fine objects, so that each film marries the chronology of history and the pure delight of a walk around a beautiful interior.


Alongside the paintings by Holbein and the Canaletto that hang on the palace walls, Fiona discovers the story behind a cat needlework panel at Holyroodhouse and finds the musket ball that killed Nelson on display in Windsor Castle.

Combining Fiona’s role as interested amateur with contributions from Royal Collection curators and experts, each program offers a mix of high level insight and interesting and curious stories.

"Buckingham Palace" - Buckingham Palace may be just about the most famous building in the world, but its story is much less familiar. Fiona Bruce reveals how England's most spectacular palace emerged from a swampy backwater in just 300 years.

The journey of discovery takes her from the sewers of London to the magnificent State Rooms; from a home for camels and elephants to the artistic brilliance of C18th-century Venice; and from a prince's Chinese fantasy to the secret of how the Palace's glittering chandeliers are cleaned today.

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"Windsor Castle" will air on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10 p.m., and the final episode, "Holyrood House," will air on Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.

Preview: The Queen's Palaces: Buckingham Palace