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Queen Mary's Dolls' House

4 April 2018

The amazing dolls’ house belonging to Queen Mary (b. 1867 – d. 1953) was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a well-known architect of the time, and was the idea of the queen’s cousin, Princess Marie Louise. It was completed in 1924 and was given to the queen as a gift from the people and as a historical record of how a Royal Household of the time would have lived.

Princess Marie Louise had many connections in the arts and arranged for the top artists and craftsmen of the time to contribute to the house. It therefore contains many wonderful pieces of craft work, which were made specially for the dolls house. These include miniature books which were written specially for the queen and were bound to scale by a well-established bookbinders, handmade carpets and curtains which were replicas of ones within Windsor Castle and monogramed linen. The house also included real plumbed bathrooms, working electric lights and a garage of cars with working engines.

The dolls’ house would go on to be put on display to raise money for charities that the queen supported. You can still see the house for yourself today on display at Windsor Castle.

Here are some photographs we have gathered together. Enjoy!

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/5000050/queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/5000050/queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/5000050/queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/theatre-film-music/living-in-lilliput-queen-marys-dolls-house-139879

Image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/theatre-film-music/living-in-lilliput-queen-marys-dolls-house-139879

Image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/theatre-film-music/living-in-lilliput-queen-marys-dolls-house-139879

Image from: http://historicinteriors.info/2014/04/28/the-grand-life-on-a-small-scale-queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://historicinteriors.info/2014/04/28/the-grand-life-on-a-small-scale-queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://historicinteriors.info/2014/04/28/the-grand-life-on-a-small-scale-queen-marys-dolls-house

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323346/Queens-Dolls-House-miniature-library-opens-public-Windsor-Castle.html

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323346/Queens-Dolls-House-miniature-library-opens-public-Windsor-Castle.html

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323346/Queens-Dolls-House-miniature-library-opens-public-Windsor-Castle.html

Image from: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/about/news-and-features/queen-marys-dolls-house

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