It is hard to imagine that the mother of the bride could have more money than Queen Victoria. If she was satisfied with the establishment of Osborne House for her daughter, Princess Alice, in 1862 it will likely be a muster for more modern mothers.

Osborne was Queen Victoria’s seaside summer home designed by Prince Albert in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo and built by Thomas Cubitt, the London architect and builder whose company built the main facade of Buckingham Palace.

Queen Victoria said it was “impossible to imagine a more beautiful place” than Osborne. It’s now an English heritage site and has only been hosting weddings for a year. You can get married virtually anywhere on the property, from the ornately decorated Durbar Room, built as a state banquet hall in 1890, and the Queen’s Alcove on the private beach to Prince Albert’s walled garden.

“It’s a sprawling palace that reflects the passions, tastes and styles of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert,” says Elaine Cesar, former hotel manager at Osborne. “Elaborate furniture and artifacts fill rooms and corridors where Queen Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princes and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire.

“Spending one of the most important days of your life in such a historic place is a unique experience.”

english-heritage.org.uk

Chatsworth, Derbyshire

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