Osborne House

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Built between 1846 and 1851, as a holiday home for Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and her beloved husband Prince Albert (1819-1861), who played a large part in its design. Albert had recently returned from Italy where he had developed a passion for Italian architecture and the view from Osborne reminded him of the Bay of Naples. Their Italianate home - which they adored - sparked an architectural trend across the British Empire and America for the Italianate style, which continued for several decades...
Queen Victoria died here in 1901, and as much as she had adored it, her children were less attached and King Edward VII (1841-1910) presented it to the nation after which it became the Royal Naval College. During World War One, it served as a convalescent home for officers. Today, English Heritage open the house and grounds to the public.

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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 14/10/2018 and last updated on 19/08/2021.


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