The Palace of Holyroodhouse
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The Palace of Holyroodhouse, in its exceptional setting at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, has played a central role in Scotland’s history ever since its foundation by King David I of Scotland nearly 900 years ago. Rebuilt by James V of Scotland, it was to become the home of his daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, and the scene for many of the most dramatic and tragic events of her reign, culminating in the murder in the palace of her secretary, David Rizzio.
Rebuilt again by Charles II after the Civil War, the palace became a showplace of baroque architecture and interior decoration. It was the Edinburgh headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, a refuge after the French Revolution of 1789 for the future Charles X of France, and from the time of the visit of George IV in 1822 onwards, one of the foremost attractions in the Scottish capital.
Today visitors are drawn to the Palace as much for its association with Scotland’s past as for its role as The Queen’s official home in Edinburgh. The palace also houses a significant part of the Royal Collection, with paintings and works of art on display both within the palace and in the Queen’s Gallery.
This fully illustrated guide includes an introduction to its fascinating history, a plan of the palace, and a tour through the state rooms, including Charles II’s splendid baroque interiors and the hauntingly atmospheric chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots—scene of the famous murder.
THE PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE
The early palace of James IV
The remodelled palace of James V
Mary, Queen of Scots at Holyroodhouse
The palace under the early Stuarts
The rebuilding of the palace under Charles II
The palace under James VII and the later Stuarts
Prince Charles Edward Stuart at Holyroodhouse
French royalty at the place
George IV’s visit to Scotland
Queen Victoria and Holyroodhouse
The palace during the 20th century
TOUR OF THE PALACE
THE STATE APARTMENTS
Royal Dining Room
Evening Drawing Room
Morning Drawing Room
Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers
Mary, Queen of Scots’ Bedchamber and Supper Room
Mary, Queen of Scots’ Outer Chamber
THE ABBEY CHURCH AND GARDENS