Here at the Post Office Shop we have a large range of commemorative stamps celebrating a range of events and themes, including a range celebrating Buckingham Palace.
Issued on the Queen' birthday this miniature sheet of stamps celebrates four of the grandest rooms in Buckingham Palace.
The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace was designed for investitures and ceremonial receptions of dignitaries. In the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria, it was also used as a ballroom. The Queen was very fond of music and dancing, and before the death of Prince Albert in 1861, numerous concerts and balls were held at Buckingham Palace.
It is now used principally for the reception of formal addresses on important occasions, such as those present to The Queen' Jubilees in 1977 and 2002. Royal wedding photographs have also been taken in this room, including those of Princess Elizabeth (later The Queen) and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
Blue Drawing Room
The Blue Drawing Room is one of the finest rooms in Buckingham Palace and one of the most magnificent examples of Georgian sumptuousness in decoration.
George IV intended this room as a ballroom, but it was superseded in that function by Queen Victoria' Ballroom in the south-west wing of the Palace. Today guests gather here for drinks before large luncheon parties and grand State and diplomatic occasions.
The room is 21 metres (68 feet) long and divided into bays by giant Corinthian columns. It was first known as the South Drawing Room, and its original decoration was a symphony of red, with porphyry scagliola columns, crimson velvet curtains and figured-silk wall hangings. The blue flock wallpaper now in the room was hung by Queen Mary in the early twentieth century, while the Corinthian columns were re-painted to resemble onyx in the reign of Queen Victoria.
Designed by the architect John Nash, at the request of King George IV, the Grand Staircase is a magnificent example of his skilful design. The balustrade with its intricate pattern of acanthus, oak and laurel leaves represents the best of the craft of bronze casting.
Today, the stairs are used by almost all visitors to the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace, whether they are on their way to an Investiture in the Ballroom or visitors on a tour of the building. There are plaster reliefs on all sides of the landing, with playful groups of amorini in the curved lunettes, and friezes below representing the Four Seasons. The stairs are lit by a shallow dome of glass which was engraved and etched by the firm of Wainwright.
Queen Victoria requested that a series of portraits of her immediate family were displayed around the upper part of the stairs. These include her grandparents, George III and Queen Charlotte, her parents the Duke and Duchess of Kent and her predecessor on the throne, her uncle William IV, and his wife Queen Adelaide. Thus the portraits served as a kind of 'receiving line' so that whoever climbed the staircase was simultaneously received by her family.
Green Drawing Room
The Green Drawing Room serves as a huge anteroom to the Throne Room, and is part of the ceremonial route to the throne from the Guard Room at the top of the Grand Staircase.. These very formal rooms are used only for ceremonial and official entertaining, but are open to the public every summer.
Release Date: 15th April 2014
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