|The Duchess of Wellington||Creating our largest suite with five windows, a blend of French, British and Austrian influences, a big bath with oversized clawfoot tub, and location at the top of the grand staircase, meant we had to come up with an appropriate name.|
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| The Duchess was built
at the zenith of the great imperial expansions as the 19th Century drew
to a close. Some empires (Germany) would last only 2 more decades; others
(France) until the 1960s.
Meanwhile Britain was stepping up to the task of maintaining her far flung interests in South Africa and Afghanistan.
|In 1897 Queen Victoria celebrated 60 years on the throne of the British Empire with her Diamond Jubilee.||Xmas 1898 "WE HOLD A VASTER EMPIRE THAN HAS BEEN". That year saw penny postage: 1 pence (2¢) delivered a letter anywhere in the Empire. Three cent stamps were overprinted to match the new rate(!)|
|Empire Bath/French Vanity||Empire Bath||Empire Bedroom||Empire Sitting Room||Sitting Room from the Bedroom||2nd Floor Windows of Empire Suite|