This red-brick beauty, though simple in appearance, has housed a remarkable array of famous tenants over the years, from naval officers to members of the royal family.
The most memorable takeaway for Putin personally from the UK trip probably wasn’t a business deal but a spontaneous theft from a Scottish bakery they were courting for business in Leningrad.
Osborne House was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s haven away from the formalities of court routine. This personal aspect sets it apart from ordinary royal residences, as it was designed to provide respite and a sense of familial intimacy.
Eltham Palace began as a medieval royal residence with a magnificent Great Hall. However, by the early 20th century, the palace had fallen into disrepair—just like Stonehenge. Then, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld stepped in, reimagining Eltham Palace as a canvas for their unique vision.
My fascination with Stonehenge began in childhood as I pored over pictures and stories about this enigmatic structure in old books in the attic. The image of magnificent stones against the backdrop of the English countryside has been embedded in my imagination ever since.