Chatsworth

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Duration: 30 minutes

Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, visiting the houses, castles and stately homes she visited throughout her life.

Using her own diaries, and other first hand accounts of her visits, they discover the extraordinary preparations that were undertaken and explore the legacy of each visit - upstairs and downstairs. Food historian and chef Ivan Day joins Rosemary to recreate some of the amazing dishes that would have been cooked for the queen.

Victoria stayed at Chatsworth House for four days in October 1832. Her host was the 6th Duke of Devonshire, one of the richest men in the land. Princess Victoria was 13 years old and visited with her mother Duchess of Kent, just a year after finding out she was to inherit the throne. This shows how her host improved the house before she arrived and brought in servants from his London home.

Ivan Day makes ice creams using the kind of exotic fruits grown in the Chatsworth greenhouses - one in the shape of a pineapple, another a bowl of fruit, a white swan and asparagus spears.

We discover how the young princess was charmed by a water fountain in the shape of a tree in the grounds of the house - describing it in her diary as a 'squirty tree', watched a cricket match that may have been the start of her involvement in the sport, played charades and had her first grown-up dinner.

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Credits

Presenter
Tim Wonnacott
Presenter
Tim Wonnacott
Producer
Owen Rodd
Producer
Owen Rodd
Director
Owen Rodd
Director
Owen Rodd

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