Harewood House, the home of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, is a mere five miles from my home and over the years I’ve visited many times.In 2011 the eighth Earl of Harewood succeeded his father, who was a first cousin of our Queen, Elizabeth II and was in the line of succession to the British Throne.
Yesterday, as part of my pre-Christmas treats from my eldest daughter Victoria, we visited Harewood where we were miraculously transported back in time to the Victorian Christmases of Harewood’s past. The Victorians began our Christmas traditions, turkey, plum pudding, Christmas crackers and mulled wine, though it was however, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband whom we should be thanking for much of this, including our colourful woodland displays.
Two of the rooms today were dressed especially to showcase the toys of Victorian children.
We explored state rooms and kitchens, which were dressed by Michael Howells, the award-winning Set Designer from the television series Victoria, which used Harewood House as a major location.
Taking advantage of the mirror for a selfie was something we couldn’t resist!
The next photograph is Adam, the first man, we found him in the main entrance hall and couldn’t help wondering whether we should be congratulating Eve or commiserating with her. I sincerely apologise for our humourous, sometimes crude and on occasion, raucous approach to certain areas of life.
Harewood, including the 1000 acre landscaped grounds and the 100 acre garden is steeped in an interesting history. Today, however, I’m not going down my usual historical route, I’m simply going to invite you to view the photo album below.
(c) Sue W-nansfarm.net 2017 In response to the word-prompt Miraculous
Music Credit: from the album Christmas Carols with unspecified artists