Marlborough House Tour
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – Tour of Marlborough House: http://thecommonwealth.org/marlborough-house
Marlborough House is almost 300 years old and has the status of a Royal Palace. It has been occupied over the years by some five Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough, three Dowager Queens of the United Kingdom, three Princes of Wales who later became Kings of the United Kingdom and Prince Leopold, who became King of the Belgians.
Sir Christopher Wren, the Surveyor of the Queen’s Work was commissioned in 1709 to draw up the plans for Marlborough House, which was completed in 1711. The Fine Rooms contain exquisite murals, tapestries, paintings and sculptures which relay the history of the building and its various occupants over many centuries.
Today, Marlborough House is home to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation and has been the venue for a number of independence negotiations and many Commonwealth conferences, including summit meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government.
On our tour we will be guided through some of the fine rooms, given a history of the building and an insight into to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s work.
NB: For security, I am required to give Marlborough House prior notification of the names of all those attending this tour.
Cost: Members – £5 Non-Members – £7
Meet: 10:50 for our 11:00 am tour at the entrance gate of Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1A 1DD
Bookings Close: Tuesday 8 May 2018. Members will have priority booking until 1 May 2018