A Wendy House fit for a Queen

both images courtesy Topham Picturepoint

King George V1, his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons, and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret with the new Wendy house in 1932.

Queen Elizabeth was gifted a miniature house with a thatched roof when she was a child. Princess Beatrice organised the restoration of the Wendy House in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year.

‘Y Bwthyn Bach’ is Welsh for The Little House. It sits in the grounds of Windsor’s Royal Lodge where the Queen played as a child. The house was presented to the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret in 1932 on behalf of the people of Wales’ on the occasion of her sixth birthday.

Princess Beatrice inside the newly restored house. The front door opens on to a small hallway with a kitchen on the right and little sitting/dining room on the left. A staircase gives access to a bedroom and bathroom, which when it was first built, was very modern, with hot and cold running water, a heated towel rail and electricity.

The contents include a tiny radio, a little oak dresser and a miniature blue and gold china set. All of the linen is embroidered with the initial ‘E’. The house also contains pots and pans, food cans, brooms and there is a gas cooker and fridge which both worked. There is even a working miniature-sized telephone. The house has its own front garden with scaled down hedges and flower borders.

Sitting/dining room has lattice windows with a portrait of the Queen Mother and Beatrice’s teddies on the chair. A bookcase filled with Beatrix Potter’s little books, including Jemima Puddleduck, ensured that the girls never grew bored. 

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7 comments

  1. Lovely though it is, it does not leave so much to the imagination as my little ‘Wendy House’ biult by my G;pa!

    1. Imagination can sadly be lacking if you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth.

  2. Rosemary, how enchanting. I had no idea this existed! I do love that picture of the royal family. So relaxed…

    1. It is a pity that it is not open to the public as little children would love to see it.

  3. I’d love to find out more about Princess Beatrice’s restoration…

    1. The BBC showed it in their Diamond Jubilee documentary and that appears to be all there is about it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za6UGPGw7tc

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