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Royal Upstairs Downstairs Episode 2 of 20

Rosemary Shrager and Tim Wonnacott visit Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, following in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and her royal visits.

They discover what life was like for the 13-year-old Victoria when she visited the Earl of Lichfield with her mother in 1832.

Tim reveals how Victoria was kept under 24-hour surveillance by her mother the Duchess of Kent - such was her paranoia that something untoward would happen to her. The sleeping arrangements while at Shugborough back this up. Victoria slept in the same bedroom as her mother, most likely in the same bed. Tim also tastes the beer still brewed in the estate as it would have been during Victoria's visit and disovers its role in warding off cholera. Plus, Tim tells the story of the host's dramatic crash into bankruptcy after Victoria's visit.

Rosemary cooks an elegant dish that would have been served to impress the heir to the throne, fillets of pheasant a la chartreuse - a complex and time-consuming dish. And she discovers how the different coloured uniforms for the servants were a visual indication of their role in the household, as well as having a go at washing and ironing clothes Victorian style.

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 20 Nov 2012 14:30
BBC Two Wales only


Role Contributor
PresenterTim Wonnacott
PresenterTim Wonnacott

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