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An oil painting of a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria and Alexandra, Princess of Wales are returning to the Palace in an open carriage pulled by two grey horses; in the garden, on the left, the Prince of Wales is conversing to a couple in

Their history, form and function

Maclure & Macdonald : Glasgow

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

RCIN 702901

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After the death of King Edward VII in 1910, Edinburgh city council wished to erect a memorial, paid for by 10,000 subscribers. Six proposals were submitted, some of which would have resulted in significant interventions to the palace’s surroundings, including this one with semicircular colonnades and the erection of triumphal arches to replace the gates. The advice and opinion of the new king, George V, was sought, but the monarch did not ordinarily intervene in matters of royal memorials, and it was only when the potential impact upon the palace was realised that Queen Mary suggested the use of the Tijou screen at Hampton Court Palace as inspiration for a more open railing and gates design as seen today (shown here).

This work also shows the situation of the Palace in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat to the south.