18 November 2009

Homes of Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth was born here at Greenwich Palace in 1533

Hatfield House.  Built by Sir Robert Cecil - Elizabeth spent most of her childhood here

This oak tree at Hatfield marks the spot where Elizabeth learned she was now Queen

The Tower of London
Elizabeth lived here for a few weeks during Mary I's reign

Windsor Castle was the main residence of Elizabeth

Another main residence, Hampton Court

Hampton Court - where Elizabeth enjoyed hunting and also where she died in 1603


06 November 2009

The Homes of Marie Antoinette

Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
Marie Antoinette was born here in 1755


Schoenbrunn Palace (Vienna)
Childhood home of Marie Antoinette


Laxenburg Castle
Marie Antoinette is said to have been partial to this childhood home


Palace of Versailles

Marie Antoinette's Hameau in the garden of Petit Trianon

Petit Trianon - Versailles, France

Chateau de Saint-Cloud

M.A. purchased the Chateau from the duc d'Orleans in 1780.  90 years after Marie Antoinette's expansion, the Chateau was destroyed during the Franco-Prussian War.

The Tuileries
Marie Antoinette as Dauphine made her first official appearance here and where the Royal family would be housed during the French Revolution

The Conciergerie 
French prison where MA was held before her beheading