The homes of the royal family members have always provided a certain level of fascination - and now, you can visit one of them yourself, right from the comfort of your own home.
Where does Prince Charles live?
Clarence House is the official London residence of Princes Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. And now, eager fans will have the chance to view the inside of the abode with a new Google function.
The Prince of Wales has allowed Google Arts and Culture to take 360-degree imagery of the inside of his home of 40 years, in order to allow the public to take a look at Charles’ extensive art collection in his luxury home. The tour, created to mark his 70th birthday, allows users to look inside the royal’s garden room, dining room, library, entrance hall, the corridor, and the Lancaster and Morning room.
The tour also allows royal fans a sneak peek into some of Prince Charles’s private collection of photographs, assembled around the house he and Camilla couple have called home since they married, in 2005. They will also be able to see a selection of three watercolours by the Prince himself.
Charles’s communications secretary, Julian Payne, revealed that the Prince himself, and the household has been working closely with Google to create the function. Google Arts and Culture also works with other museums and famous institutions to bring artwork to an online audience – an important thing for Prince Charles.
Julian also said, “So when we received the invitation to develop the site for the prince he was honoured and I think fascinated by what could be done for the charities more than anything else, but also understood to share things like the artwork in Clarence House.”
You can take a look inside Clarence House here.
Where is Clarence House?
Based in St. James’s – just metres away from St James’s Palace and the Queen’s official residence Buckingham Palace – the home is one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in the capital.
It was previously home to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, so holds a wealth of royal history within its walls.
Prince Harry and Prince William also called the imposing townhouse their home from 2003 – until they both moved out into Kensington Palace in 2011 and 2012.
Royal fans are also usually able to visit the house in person, however only during the month of August. The official tour usually allows visitors to take a look into all five rooms on the ground floor of the building, where official engagements take place.
Clarence House’s interior
Prince Charles and Camilla have regularly welcomed guests from around the world to their Clarence House home. Mostly, meetings take place in the formal living room – which is adorned with historic family photos, low-lighting lamps, and blue-toned furnishings.
Many speeches, meetings and conferences have also taken place in the huge, wooden hallway of the historic building too.
In photos, and the view on the Google Arts and Culture website, you can catch a glimpse of the room, with a wide imposing staircase. The plush red carpet runs up the stairs, while at the bottom is a cabinet full of, likely, the families finest china.
Pictures of the late Queen Mother scatter the house – and in fact, her influence is felt elsewhere too.
Many of the pieces on display at Clarence House are from her own personal collection – and are laid out exactly to her specification.
Clarence House’s gardens
The grounds of Clarence House are also undeniably impressive too. Prince Charles has had extensive input into the design of the garden – specifically creating a formal area in the grounds in honour of his late grandmother, the Queen mother.
The Prince’s designs were then put in place by members of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
Clarence House’s gardens are actually also shared with the adjoining royal property St. James’s Palace – making it one of the biggest in London.