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Queen Anne at Blenheim //
I wish I could tell you the story behind this statue of Queen Anne as well as our animated tour guide at @blenheimpalace , but you’ll have to settle for a quote from Wikipedia:
“Marlborough's wife was by all accounts a cantankerous woman, though capable of great charm. She had befriended the young Princess Anne and later, when the princess became Queen, the Duchess of Marlborough, as Her Majesty's Mistress of the Robes, exerted great influence over the Queen on both personal and political levels. The relationship between Queen and Duchess later became strained and fraught, and following their final quarrel in 1711, the money for the construction of Blenheim ceased.”
Apparently after the Queen’s death the Duchess regretted how things played out and tried to rewrite history by having this sculpture placed in the library - which by the way spans the whole length of one of the palace wings, an impressive 55m! I gather it neither honestly reflects their relationship, nor the Queen’s likeness.
It might be easier to make the most of our friendships while we can!
#charlandzaansbritishadventure #charlddp21daychallenge Day 8: 24 May 2017