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Clarence House, which stands beside St James's Palace, was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence. He lived there as King William IV from 1830 until 1837. During its history, the house has been altered, reflecting the changes in occupancy over nearly two centuries.
It was the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 until 2002 and was also the home of The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947.
Today Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. It is open to the public during the summer months each year.
Historic house or home
Admission by guided tour during summer 1-31 August 2015. All tickets are timed and must be pre-booked.
Monday to Friday 10:00-16:30 (last admission 15:30)
Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:30)
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £9.80
Under 17/Disabled £5.80
Under 5 Free
The arrangement of the rooms and the grouping of their contents remain recognisably as they were in Queen Elizabeth's time, with much of Her Majesty's collection of works of art and furniture in their former positions.
Queen Elizabeth brought together a collection strong in 20th-century British art, embracing important works by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, WS Sickert and Augustus John. She also acquired superb examples of Fabergé, English porcelain and silver, particularly pieces relating to the Bowes-Lyon family.
Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- John Piper
- Graham Sutherland
- WS Sickert
- Augustus John
- English porcelain and silver
- Bowes-Lyon family history