unpainted inspiration - petite palace

Monday, January 16, 2012

In researching some of the properties in the Royal Collection, I stumbled upon a sweet little gem. In 1932 Princess Elizabeth of York, now Queen Elizabeth II, was given this playhouse by the people of Wales. They placed it in the gardens of the Royal Lodge. It was replete with all the amenities including electricity, a gas stove and full plumbing. I can't imagine a sweeter sixth birthday present! The cottage was built by Welsh craftsmen, with Welsh-style furnishings, and named "Y Bwthyn Bach" or "The Little House", which is printed at the front door. And notice, the walls are white.