English hideaway fit for French Queen

The Queen’s House, in its own hamlet on the Versailles grounds, provided an escape from the bustle of the royal court, and was based on the then fashionable image of English pastoralism

The lovingly restored Queen’s House is now open to the public.

The Queen’s House at Versailles has been renovated and reopened thanks to financial support from Dior. Before the works were carried out, the interior was degraded and the structure was in such bad shape that it was not safe to open it to visitors.

Now it has been restored to its former glory, and is open so that the public can enjoy the deliberately fabricated contrast between the bucolic, dreamy exterior and the glitzy luxurious salons occupied originally by Marie-Antoinette and then later by Empress Marie-Louise, the second wife of Napoleon I.

Jérémie Benoît, the curator of Versailles, says the restoration was very much ...

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