Friday, December 7, 2018

Surrounded By The Royals

The tour leaves the Hall of Honour and heads for the Senate, passing a series of portraits of Speakers of the Senate before coming to this large foyer area. A portrait of King George III can be seen in the background. The guide told us that some of the royal portraits here are paintings of paintings elsewhere, while others are commissioned originals.

A Christmas tree is here in the foyer at the moment.

Looking up, a view of the foyer ceiling catches the eye.

Here we have another portrait, Queen Victoria. 

King Edward VII is nearby.

Followed by King George V.

On the other side of the foyer, portraits of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI have been removed in preparation for the upcoming move over to West Block.

The finer details, like these carvings, caught my eye.

Today I leave off with a close up of the Christmas tree.


  1. The Christmas tree looks beautiful ! On the other pictures it looks really like in England ! The left overs of the Communwealth !

  2. The ceiling is beautiful indeed.
    I can imagine in hot summers it must´ve been nice and cool on that lounge/sofa, but how about winters back then?

  3. I am enjoying the tour even though your attention to detail exhausts me. 😀

  4. A grand building. Like you in the midst of such pomp I'm often attracted to the minor details.

  5. Incredibly beautiful details William. The ceilings are stunning as are the architecurarc arches! Queen Victoria sure gets around 😉

  6. The carvings or sculptures are beautiful.

  7. Surrounded by the royals would be a great name for a book!
    Lots to see today.


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    1. Sorry for that (wrong account). But I Love photo 3! So nice.

  9. Again I thank you for sharing your tour of these lovely details, architectural and royals both. I'm like many other commentors and thought of other details like, "how do they manage to wire for all those lights in just the right places, this looks to be all stone?" This may come from having 2 sons in electrical training, one a licensed electrician, one an electrical engineer.

  10. You have done justice to this grand building.

  11. Hello, beautiful views of the inside. The details are lovely. The Christmas tree is beautiful. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

  12. @Gattina: we do have that Commonwealth influence.

    @Iris: I've always noticed in my visits that the building feels well heated in winter, and cool in summer.

    @Joan: attention to detail is a specialty! :)

    @John: and there are a lot of those details!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Grace: she's all over the world.

    @Jan: they are indeed.

    @Janis: and more to come.

  13. @Sharon: it is quite like a castle.

    @Marianne: I certainly thought so.

    @Aritha: thank you!

    @Barbara: that's a good question. Looking at some of the ceilings, they're not stone, and I imagine it's possible along the edges to do things that conceal wiring as needed.

    @Tom: indeed!

    @Anvilcloud: grand is the right word.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  14. Wow ceiling. I imagine it is unique environment to live around large stone buildings.

  15. It's a beautiful place. I love the closeup of the tree, though; it makes it feel so festive! :-)

  16. Hello William!
    Wonderful pictures of the beautiful ceiling and the preety Christmas tree!
    Like the portraits of the Royalties! Have a lovely weekend!

  17. People were wise enough to build something lasting and beautiful. Would we do that today or just put up something very cheap that could be bulldozed in a few years?

  18. What a place, William !
    The ceiling and the Christmas tree are amazing.

  19. @Maywyn: these are great buildings to have as a symbol of a city.

    @DJan: I was quite pleased by that close up.

    @Dimi: thank you!

    @Red: they did build this to last, something that just doesn't seem to happen these days.

    @Karl: they are indeed.

  20. What a gorgeous place. The Christmas tree is fabulous to see.

  21. Fabulous photos of a fantastic place. Tweeted

  22. I love those carvings, William. That is something that is missing from new buildings!

  23. Lovely place with magnificent photos ~ love the light captures ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. @Marleen: it is indeed.

    @Bill: I think so too.

    @Mari: thank you!

    @RedPat: true.

    @Carol: thanks!

  25. A very pretty Christmas tree.
    Amazing ceiling.

  26. Pretty place...with a very unusual ceiling.

  27. Those arches! Oh, those arches! So pretty.

  28. What a fine building, the arches are wonderful and that tree looks glorious amongst them:)

  29. The foyer ceiling is especially beautiful and what a nice surprise looking up. Love the arches and the portraits. Imagine the history in that place!

  30. gosh, i think i missed this day .. love the pattern

  31. @Happyone: I agree.

    @Janey: definitely.

    @Kay: I love those arches.

    @Rosie: it does!

    @Jeanie: there's a lot of history.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Marie: indeed.

    @Klara: it is.

    @Jennifer: the tours will continue into January, and then they're moving over. The last sessions of Parliament have been held in the building, but now they're in Christmas break for a few weeks. They'll be meeting in their new quarters when things resume.