Royal Upstairs Downstairs
Episode 15: Warwick
Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, Britain's longest reigning monarch, looking at the houses, castles and stately homes she visited throughout her life.
Victoria, who had been on the throne for 21 years, visited Warwick Castle with Albert in 1858 for just three hours. They were tourists just like the other ten thousand visitors to the castle, which had been open to the public for at least 30 years before the queen popped in. The royal couple used the visit to learn more about the history of their country from one of the finest castles in England, built some 500 years earlier.
Over thirty dishes were served for Victoria and Albert at the castle, including mayonnaise de homard, a lobster and mayonnaise salad that Rosemary prepares in the programme. She also recreates an amazing table decoration as it is seen in an illustration of the event. Finally, she listens to the Band of the Royal Yeomanry, the current equivalent of the band that played for the royal visit, and discovers what music was performed.
Meanwhile, Tim discovers the story of how two late guests had to fight it out over the one remaining place at the royal lunch, and how some dodgy seating provided a true moment of farce that tickled Victoria. He also reveals how the queen spotted the artists of the Illustrated London News in the shrubbery making sketches, and asked to see their work. Fortunately for them, she approved. Show less