The Duchess of Cornwall showcased an original Monet painting at Clarence House, which was bought by the Queen Mother, during her interview with Vogue
The Duchess of Cornwall has lived in Clarence House with Prince Charles for close to 20 years, and has revealed their home still has some impressive mementoes from its former resident, the Queen Mother.
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Prince Charles famously kept many of the rooms at Clarence House just as they were when his grandmother lived there despite carrying out extensive renovations prior to move there in 2003 – and that includes keeping a historic Monet painting hanging on the wall in the Morning Room that the late Queen Mother bought in 1949.
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Camilla showcased the painting, called Study of Rocks: La Creuse: “La Bloc”, during her recent interview and photoshoot with Vogue magazine, explaining: “That Monet was bought for £2,000.”
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As Camilla revealed, the Queen Mother spent £2,000 (equivalent to around £75,000) on the Monet painting in 2002, and by the time of her death in 2002 it had been valued at an estimated £15million, so it’s likely to be worth even more two decades on.
Camilla previously revealed a look at the Monet painting in 2015
The Morning Room isn’t the only area of her London residence that Camilla showcased during her interview; the Duchess also revealed a look inside the Garden Room, which has a tapestried wall, a desk piled with books and a golden harp and baby grand piano, which reportedly had a selection of family photos on display on top.
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“Beaming Princes William and Harry in their early twenties in black-and-white; The Prince of Wales in the scarlet dress uniform of the Welsh Guards; and, in the primo spot upfront, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day,” the Vogue article notes of which photos take pride of place in the room.
The Duchess of Cornwall also revealed a look inside her private study
Camilla also revealed a glimpse inside her private study, which was described as “a book-lined room overlooking the walled gardens, beyond which lie The Mall and Buckingham Palace.”
It’s little surprise that books can be found throughout the property, as Camilla also revealed that one of her favourite things to do when she’s on her own is to sit and read, while she also claimed that on quiet evenings at home with Prince Charles they often “sit and read our books in different corners of the same room.”
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