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Jun 04, 2012
In honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, we decided to take a peek into the rarely seen Queen Elizabeth II’s playhouse. A gift from the Welsh in honor of the Queen’s sixth birthday in 1932, the Wendy house (the British term for playhouse) came quipped with electricity, plumbing and other amenities. Under the careful eye of Princess Beatrice and with input from the Queen herself, the playhouse recently underwent a year’s worth of renovations.
Built in the traditional style of Welsh cottages, the house has a thatched roof, a small doorbell and an emblem reading “Y Bwthyn Bach,” meaning “The Little House,” over the front door.
Built to a 2:3 scale, the decorations are embroidered with the Queen’s initials and fully functional. Beyond the joint living-dining room, lies a kitchen while the bedroom and bathroom (with working facilities and a heated towel rack) are outside the camera’s reach. A portrait of the Queen’s mother hangs above the faux-fire place while other nostagic touches are scattered around the playhouse.
Previously decorated in shades of blue, Princess Beatrice elaborated on the new color scheme – pink. “Granny was very clear that for all the fabric she wanted very little designs. It’s such a little house that she wanted little flowers and patterns,” she said in the BBC documentary “The Diamond Queen.” Tiny bows adorn the new pink curtains while light blue chairs update the living room.
The working gas stove and sink are original to the house while the 1930’s refrigerator found a new home after previously residing in the Royal Nursery.
Now prepared for the youngest royal, Queen Elizabeth II’s great-granddaughter Savannah, Princess Beatrice has added some new additions to the Wendy house like teddy bears. On the right is a picture taken of the Queen as a young girl, playing in her playhouse with her beloved pets. Check out a tour of the playhouse given by Princess Beatrice herself and be sure to check out our post on other elaborate playhouses.
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