Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Ballroom

The Ballroom at Rideau Hall certainly caught my eye as I stepped inside. It's used for numerous special occasions, including state dinners and the swearing in of new cabinets. A portrait of Queen Elizabeth dominates the far wall, painted for the Diamond Jubilee and incorporating elements of Canada into it. The artist also includes the portrait of Queen Victoria hanging in the Tent Room.


Busts of Lord and Lady Elgin, a pre-Confederation Governor General and his wife, can be found in this room, along with flags of the Governor General.


Stepping back out through the main entrance gives us a view of the fountain, and a look back at the Ceremonial Guards. I'll be finishing up with Rideau Hall tomorrow.

30 comments:

  1. You get an idea of the size of the room when you notice the chairs around the edge. then You notice the ornate ceiling.

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  2. Your evident pride and patriotism are well founded, William








    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  3. A grand ballroom and very spacious too. Love the decorations.

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  4. I have gone from not knowing what was the Rideau Hall to know it in detail.

    Tomás.

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  5. A grand ballroom indeed William, again the blue walls are so appealing, the ceiling marvelous!

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  6. I guess my living room just wouldn't do for an official swearing in. :-)

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  7. When I look at that ballroom, I can almost hear the waltz music!

    Janis
    GDP

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  8. Just caught up on the interior shots. That tent room was unexpected...and love the ballroom.

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  9. Love the insides. The busts creep me out though. But they always do.

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  10. Yes, those blue walls catch my attention too.

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  11. @Tex: very much so!

    @Red: stepping in there I had a wow sort of moment.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Nancy: I did too.

    @Tomas: I'm surprised that it took me this long to pay a visit!

    @Marianne: it's ideal space for it!

    @Grace: they certainly designed this place well.

    @Revrunner: mine either!

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  12. @Luis: thanks!

    @Janis: the acoustics would be good.

    @Janey: thank you!

    @Jennifer: it certainly is.

    @Whisk: I've got another bust of Lord Elgin coming up in a future post.

    @Birdman: it is a great colour!

    @RedPat: it definitely is.

    @Norma: I thought so!

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  13. A very majestic building swathed in grandeur. And it's perfect for her majesty and other majesties as they come down this historical pike Can a majesty be removed? I've know the names of several in this country and I know where their majestic portraits have been hung.

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  14. That ballroom is wonderful. It's very Cinderella-like.

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  15. Grandeur is probably a necessity at these levels...

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  16. The ballroom looks fantastic, I'm always amazed by the workmanship...

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  17. @Lowell: well, there was the way the French removed their majesties, but then that's a pretty drastic thing to do.

    @Sharon: it certainly is!

    @VP: I would think so.

    @Geoff: me too.

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  18. The ballroom is lovely and elegant!

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  19. What a beautiful ballroom. I can just picture the ladies and gentlemen in their finery dancing around and socializing (schmoozing). :)

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  20. Wonderful shots of that fairytale-like ballroom, but like the photo in your header even better.

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  21. I can feature people from a by-gone era dressed in their long gowns, dress uniforms, and tuxedos whirling away in that room.

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  22. love the chandelier ... very cool. so lovely. fancy. ( :

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  23. That ballroom is a jaw-dropper...the ceiling...the chandelier...the gold leaf...the scale! Wow!

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