Secrets of the Royal Palaces: Series 1

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History Documentary hosted by Samantha Bond, published by Channel 5 in 2021 - English narration

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Secrets of the Royal Palaces: Series 1 Behind-the-scenes tales of the British monarchy's residences

[edit] Buckingham Palace

An unveiling of some of the many secrets held by Buckingham Palace, including its former rat problem, and the part it played in Charles and Diana's courtship.

[edit] Balmoral Castle

Part medieval fortress, part French chateau, Balmoral is not to everyone's taste but it provides a retreat from prying eyes for the Royals.

[edit] Windsor Castle

An unveiling of some of the many secrets, dilemmas and disasters held by Windsor Castle, including revisting the statues of Princess Diana.

[edit] Sandringham House

Kate Williams explores the history of Sandringham in Norfolk, which is one of the few royal residences owned personally by the Windsors. It was purchased in 1861 for the rakish Prince Edward in the hopes he would settle down in the countryside, but instead he turned it into the perfect party palace, with a bowling alley, billiards and endless hunting and shooting. The historian also reveals how Prince Philip once proposed demolishing the place to make way for a more modern replacement, before being forced to relent by the Queen Mother.

[edit] Highgrove House

A look at the history of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, which is the family residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, while the programme also hears from a witness to Prince Philip's 2019 car crash near Sandringham, which lead to him handing in his driving licence.

[edit] Kensington Palace

An exploration of the history of Kensington Palace, which is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Kate Williams also tells the tale of Elizabeth I's make-up, which was so poisonous that it would be illegal today, with her foundation made of lead and vinegar, her rouge from lead carbonate, and her lipstick from ground alabaster, with side-effects including digestive problems and respiratory issues.

[edit] Holyrood House

A look at the history of Holyrood House in Edinburgh, which is the official royal residence in Scotland and saw bloody struggles for power when it was home to Mary, Queen of Scots. Kate Williams tells the story of a royal tomb raider and his ill-gotten booty from the grave of Charles I.

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  • Video Codec: x264 High@L4.1
  • Video: Bitrate: (~4721 kb/s)
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1920 x 1080
  • Video Resolution: 1.778 (16:9
  • Audio Codec: MPEG-4 AAC LC
  • Audio: English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 kb/s VBR 48000Hz
  • Audio Channels: stereo (2/0)
  • Run-Time: 44: mins
  • Framerate: 25.000:
  • Number of Parts: 7
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.49 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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