With the much-anticipated nuptials, however, my three-day blogosphere pre-party comes to an end. My thought: How better to celebrate the big day than to explore - and admire! - the beautiful rooms in the houses of royalty? Curated over hundreds of years with countless treasures and priceless items, one can only imagine what it must be like to live in homes so steeped in history and beauty. Here are a few of my favourite images:
|Brussels Royal Palace, Belgium | via Home Interior Design Themes|
|Mysore Palace, India | via Cowboys and Indians (courtesy of Google)|
|Royal Palace at Caserta, Italy | via Flickr|
|The Palace of Versailles, France | via Hub Pages|
|Het Loo Palace, Amsterdam, Netherlands | via About.com|
|State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace, London England | via Grazia Daily|
What a buddy never gets to see, of course, are the private apartments. It makes me laugh to imagine them decorated with Ikea purchases and Ebay finds, which couldn't be further from the truth I suppose but it's entertaining nonetheless ... royalty or not, they are on an allowance, after all. And how better to stretch your housing dollar than online auctions and "Swedish for 'common sense'"?
And if the value of any place can be measured by its bathrooms which, let's all be honest, it can be, then what I'd really like is to get an eyeful of the loos. Suffice is to say, however, that unless I bust the bugget to cross a few times zones and develop the cat-like reflexes required to dodge crack Royal security teams, I suspect I might be doomed to always wonder what the private spots in these very public homes might be like ... unless Harry's looking to take a bride??
Happy weekend, everyone ... Pip pip! Cheerio!!