The Queen's Room, Falkland Palace by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Pictures with the “Wow Factor” 28-03-2011
CHALLENGE WINNER of the Architecture – The British Isles – Beginning with Q Challenge 25-02-2011
TOP TEN WINNER in the Preserving History – Interiors Challenge 23-04-2011

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 800, Aperture: 4, Shutter: 1/10

The rooms at Falkalnd Palace are surprisingly small. The Queen’s Room is one of the recreated rooms in the restored Cross House beside the runed East Range (or wing) of Falkland Palace. Falkland is the only Royal Palace under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The Scottish Crown acquired Falkland Castle from MacDuff of Fife in the 14th century. In 1402 Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany imprisoned his nephew David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, the eldest son of King Robert III of Scotland, at Falkland. The incarcerated Duke eventually died there from neglect and starvation. Between 1501 and 1541 Kings James IV and James V of Scotland transformed the old castle into a beautiful royal palace: one of the finest Renaissance palaces in Scotland. James V, already ill, died at Falkland in December 1542 after hearing that his wife had given birth to a daughter—Mary, Queen of Scots. Falkland became a popular retreat with all the Stewart monarchs. They practised falconry there and used the vast surrounding forests for hawking and for hunting deer and wild boar. Nearby Myres Castle is the hereditary home of the Royal Macers and Sergeants at Arms who served Falkland Castle since at least the sixteenth century. John Scrimgeour of Myres supervised building at the Palace from 1532 – 1563. After the Union of the Crowns, James VI and I, Charles I, and Charles II all visited Falkland. Cromwell’s invading army set the palace on fire and it quickly fell into ruin. In 1887 John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute started the restoration of the palace. The Crichton-Stuarts, the Keepers of Falkland Palace, at the time headed by the 5th Marquess of Bute made a decision in the early 1950s, he appointed the National Trust for Scotland in 1952 to take care of the Palace. Falkland Palace has been in the keepership of the Crichton Stuart family since its acquisition by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1887. In 1952 the National Trust for Scotland was appointed Deputy Keeper of the Palace, and they now care for and maintain the Palace and its extensive gardens.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Lynden
    Lyndenover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Love the warm lighting.

  • Inge Johnsson
    Inge Johnssonover 4 years ago

    Great interior shot, you handled it well.

  • Thanks for that Inge. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    very impressive! I luvvv ur hdr skills! :)

  • Thank you for the lovely comment.

    – Christine Smith

  • Robyn Maynard
    Robyn Maynardover 4 years ago

    Stunning image!! Gorgeous room ;)

  • Thank you Robyn.

    – Christine Smith

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Emma  Smith
    Emma Smithover 4 years ago

    Very nice. Great detail.

  • Thanks Emm.

    – Christine Smith

  • Ian English
    Ian Englishover 4 years ago

    Hi Christine, this is an excellent HDR image . What a find!!!

  • Thanks Ian. It’s a fantastic place to visit.

    – Christine Smith

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 4 years ago

    ell done ! No exaggeration in the processing : i like when HDR keep subtility..

  • Thank you for the lovely comment. I’m glad you like it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Stunning work Christine, how on earth did you manage to get such nice photos – no photography allowed lol. I think I need to go back and try again.

  • Thank you Lynne. Oops!! It was a quiet day and I was a bit naughty with the camera when no one was looking – hoping no one realised. Its a fantastic place to visit.

    – Christine Smith

  • Husky
    Huskyover 4 years ago

    Great work Christine!

  • Thanks for that.

    – Christine Smith

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