The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton

The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton is a fascinating book about a piece of art. It was never intended to be used as a children’s toy. It was created to thank Queen Mary in the early 1920s for her involvement in the war effort of WWI. The miniature replica of an Edwardian residence was created by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Around 1200 people were involved in creating the Dolls’ House: 250 artisans and manufacturers, 60 artists-decorators, 700 artists, 200 writers, 500 donors. How impressive is that!

The Dolls’ House has a lot of interesting features, such as windows that can be opened and closed, lifts that work, running water, and electricity. Even the soap bars contain real soap and the wine cellar had miniature bottles of wine (some evaporated).

The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton

The house is stunning. I knew about this book, an earlier edition of it, but I bought this one from my visit to Windsor, where I saw the house. It’s the 100th anniversary of the house being built, so there is a focus on the Dolls’ House within Windsor.

I loved reading all the details on the house. For me, the only issue with this book is that is not long enough. It’s a fun museum gift shop sort of buy, perfect as a gift too, and it is understandable that it was kept on the short side. There are lots of pictures, which is great as the small details can’t be seen when visiting. For example, the linen is monogrammed, which is impossible to see, as it is stored in its little cupboard and also because the whole piece is only a few centimetres (an inch).

Even if you can’t visit Windsor to see the house, it is still worth getting this book or borrowing it from the library to enjoy the wonders of what was possible to achieve on such a small scale.

Published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Royal Collection Trust
Year it was published: 2024
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Museum
Pages: 132

About the author: Lucinda Lambton is a writer, photographer and broadcaster well known for her much-loved books on architectural oddities.
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2 thoughts on “The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton”

  • My Daughter-in-law and I both LOVE miniatures and we could probably spend hours looking at all the features of this house. I’m going to have to share all this with her. If I ever make it back there, it will be on my list of things to see.
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    • I know what you mean. After passing by the house once, I was thinking of rejoining the queue. But it would have meant waiting for another 30 minutes to an hour to get inside. The amount of details is stunning. The house is rather far (about 3-4 feet away) for seeing details this small, so the close pictures in the book are very good.

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