Queen Elizabeth II had a different upbringing than other people in the world, as many people already know. She grew up in castles and palaces, and her childhood toys should be expected to be on a different plane, too. As a girl, Her Majesty had a playhouse, and it was much more spacious than any of the playhouses out there, of course.
The childhood playhouse of Queen Elizabeth was a small cottage,
The immense house of Prince William and Kate Middleton pales in contrast to the 16-bathroom mansion of Harry and Meghan.
A tiny cottage in the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor was Queen Elizabeth’s playhouse. It was granted by the people of Wales in 1932 to her and her younger sister, Princess Margaret.
Its official name, therefore, is “Y Bwthyn Bach” (or “The Little Cottage”).
The playhouse that still stands today is 5 feet high, 24 feet long and 8 feet wide, according to the Daily Mail. It has a living room, a bathroom and a kitchen. It has electricity, plumbing and even a working gas stove, unlike most playhouses.
“The princesses spent many hours cleaning and tidying their tiny house, with Elizabeth in particular having a reputation for being exceptionally tidy,” the Daily Mail reports. “This was the domain of children, and adults who had to crouch to fit through the door were admitted only by invitation.”
In the cottage, other royal children also played.
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The only royals to enjoy this playhouse were not Her Majesty and Princess Margaret. Many royal children, including the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, actually used it.
In 2012, for the documentary film Our Diamond Queen, Princess Beatrice did a tour of the playhouse. As a girl, she enjoyed spending time in it and eventually oversaw its restoration as a grown-up.
“It’s beautiful. I was lucky enough to play here and now Granny is a great-grandma, so Savannah [Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughter] can enjoy it too,” Beatrice said, according to the Daily Mail.
The new home of Queen Elizabeth is more spacious than the cottage,
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As monarch, Queen Elizabeth’s official residence is Buckingham Palace. It acts as her place of work and her true home. Since her father, King George VI, rose to the throne in 1936, she has been living there.
Buckingham Palace is a little playhouse for Her Majesty. It measures 828,000 square feet and 775 rooms are available.
Buckingham Palace, however, is an old building at its heart, so not every royal loves living or residing there.
The Telegraph announced that the masonry had fallen in some parts of the palace and sections of the roof were leaking.
There is also said to be a concern there with mice and asbestos.
Queen Elizabeth also moved out of Buckingham Palace to isolate herself at Windsor Castle due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Originally, Onlookers thought she would return to London soon, but some people are now speculating that she might live indefinitely at Windsor.
“It’s sad that the queen can’t return to Buckingham Palace,” said Dan Wootton, editor of The Sun, according to the Express. “It’s particularly devastating for the Queen, in the last years of her life, when she wants to continue working…. It is very likely that the queen will no longer live at Buckingham Palace.”