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The Queen's Palaces

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Queen's Palaces, The

Fiona Bruce (Antiques Roadshow) tells the fascinating stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and leading experts share their knowledge of the Kings and Queens whose vision and taste left their mark on these exceptional buildings. As Fiona takes us on a journey through 1,000 years of history, we discover some of the great treasures from the Royal Collection housed within three world-famous landmarks. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales gives an introduction to the series and tells us of the place the royal palaces have in the life of the Monarchy and in the history of Britain.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TBJD1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Queen's Palaces" on IMDb

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Huston on May 1, 2012
Format: DVD
In this three part series, the viewer is taken on an excursion through three of the palaces that Queen Elizabeth II has as her official places of residence: Buckingham Palace in London, Windsor Castle, and Holyrood House in Edinburgh. Fiona Bruce escorts us through the history and lore -- always interesting -- of each palace in about an hour. I found the history of Buckingham Palace most interesting, with it starting as a swampy outskirt of London and a favoured hunting ground for Henry VIII and then as a country house for the Duke of Buckingham, and finally how it became the handsome residence under the guidance of Prince Albert. Windsor wasn't quite as good, but still interesting from the summer season when tourists flock and such as St. George's day. What was a surprise to me was the story of Holyrood House, and made me all the more keen to journey to the United Kingdom. But the big reveal here were the objects from the Royal Collection -- held in trust for the British people by the Queen -- that were shown, and the interesting stories behind them. History geeks will have a grand time with this. The only draw-back were the extended bits with Fiona Bruce, who played the 'Dig ME!' screen time just a little too long. Four stars overall.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By tmm1926 on July 7, 2012
Format: DVD
I won't go on & on. I'm not that kind of reviewer, but I would like to share what I like about this DVD. I received "Queen's Palaces" for a birthday gift and I absolutely love this DVD. We get to see inside Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle & Holyrood House in Scotland. Each segment was so well done by Fiona Bruce. She flowed through the rooms (she, appropriately styled as well), which made you think you were beside her. The history of the palaces and objects in them were so interesting, you didn't want the segments to end. She made even George IV appear interesting explaining his differing decorating style with other sovereigns (including his mad & frugal father George III). It was nice to get the history about Holyrood House, which we do not hear of often enough. This DVD is worth every penny to purchase and keep in your collection. I hope they bring out a second companion to this series. There is so much more we can appreciate in the other houses. Well Done BBC & Fiona Bruce! God bless the Queen & her family.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Hui Shen ben Israel on January 21, 2013
Format: DVD
THE QUEEN'S PALACES (2012, presented by Fiona Bruce) is an interesting documentary series showing, well, the Queen's palaces. It also shows a few of the places she can call "home". In these pages you can find the data you need to learn about what this documentary shows regarding Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, and the others.

Now on to my deeply personal viewpoint about all this. Fiona Bruce is a fine presenter, a bit of a rough voice for my taste but she is always respectfully soft-spoken too. However, between shots of Fiona's stunning beauty and various silly drawings involving the history of the land the palaces are built on, etc., etc., ... you get the picture?

No? Well this documentary gives very little in the way of pictures, that is the point. Frankly it is a stupendous waste of time and production money to have done a thing like this. Each episode, that is, each residence, has about an hour devoted to it. Well I have calculated about 10 to 15 minutes of that shows you the exteriors, the interiors, and the grounds.

Guess what the other 45 minutes consists of? - give up?

As badly as I like to watch anything about England, and as much as I wanted to like this documentary, I just can't do it. Fiona Bruce's attractiveness as a presenter and narrator notwithstanding, I find myself drifting away from these episodes. And that is tragedy on a scale almost unknown to Anglophile film-lovers.

It is almost unheard of that I would steer viewers from anything English and factual. Yet here is this series which serves as a reminder: the British do tend to ruin a simple, good thing if they get the chance.

Get this if you must - I know I won't waste my money on it - it is definitely not short on quality. It's the quantity that matters in these cases however, and this series simply does not cut the mustard. We are not amused.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hmmm on January 20, 2013
Format: DVD
Not enjoyable. The whole documentary focuses on the narrator. The viewer sees far more of her than the palaces. Who's idea was that? She has a very nice voice for narration, but she should have been heard and not seen!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. MacTaggart on February 7, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was so looking forward to viewing this series.

But, OMG, it is awful. Fiona Bruce - dressed in blue Saran Wrap - dominates. And this is not good.

She is OK as a narrator, and that should have been her role, while lovely scenes of the palaces are shown. Instead, we get a LOT of airtime with Fiona walking, walking, walking, talking, singing (I kid you not), and even sitting in a gondola in Venice. Yes, Venice. Of course Venice is wonderful, but I purchased the DVD to see the Queen's palaces. You know, in England and Scotland.

Was the director in love with Bruce?

I also cringed at the inaccuracies and the many many many missed opportunities.

The DVD should have been titled: THE INCREDIBLE FIONA BRUCE while she deigns to pay a bit of attention to some old palaces.

In short: a painful viewing experience. The numerous good reviews are baffling.
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