Farewell Duke of Windsor.. Hello Duchess of Cornwall

The much anticipated series 3 of The Crown starts on Sunday and both the plot lines and stars are making a lot of headlines

  • What happened when the Duchess of Windsor stayed at Buckingham Palace prior to the Duke’s funeral?
  • Why did the marriage of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon disintegrate?
  • Why did Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles not pursue their blossoming romance?

It is the iconic buildings that form the magnificent backdrop to the most iconic scenes and truly demonstrate the glamour and majesty of our royal family.

However not even Netflix is allowed to film in Buckingham Palace, so how have they created the feeling for all of us that we are being given a sneak preview into the greatest palaces of the land?

In the same way as the actors transform themselves into the members of our royal family, buildings around the country have been transformed into their required roles.

Lancaster House, a hub of social and political activities in the nineteenth century, is transformed into Buckingham Palace but, as a London townhouse, it lacks a courtyard large enough to replicate that of the Palace. Greenwich Naval College provides the perfect location for all of the comings and goings of Churchill and the numerous visitors arriving for an audience with Her Majesty. Greenwich is hugely appropriate as it started its life as one of the royal palaces during the Tudor period and was the birthplace of King Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Scotland is a favourite destination for our royal family and Slains Castle becomes the Queen Mother’s favourite Castle Mey. The ruins of the Old Slains Castle is well worth visiting, the scenery is quite breath taking.

Eltham Palace is a magical combination of medieval architecture and Art Deco design and the scenes aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia take place on land in South London. It also serves as HMSS Queen Mary and Bermuda Government House. Today, Eltham Palace is managed by English Heritage, and the medieval Great Hall and the Art Deco gold bathroom and smooth veneered surfaces are a sight to behold.

The camera never lies, so imagine that you are delighting in your personal invitation to Buckingham Palace and Clarence House and enjoy every moment of series 3. We’re happy to share the secrets of the camera whenever you choose…