Following her visit to the “Game of Thrones” set, Queen Elizabeth II, along with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will also appear in an “Antiques Roadshow” special scheduled for airing at a later date this year on BBC. Read further to learn more about this news story.
Digital Spy reported that “Antiques Roadshow” was granted access to the royal’s Northern Ireland home, the Hillsborough Castle, where part of the segment for the special was filmed. The Queen and her husband showcased items from their antique collection, which were appraised by the show’s antique experts Hilary Kay, John Axford and Paul Atterbury.
Among the items presented from collection of the Queen and the Duke were heirloom pieces, namely a christening cup, some figures from Meissen, the library of George IV, and a bronze horse and jockey sculpture by Pierre Jules Mene, a famed French artist from the 19th century, which belonged to an 1863 Derby winner.
In a separate report via the Daily Mail, the queen was described as eager to be on the program, learning the origin and history of some of their collection. She also hinted that she watches “Antiques Roadshow” with the Duke. The queen also quizzed the presenter of the show, Fiona Bruce, on her knowledge about antiques, and the conversation became animated. Prince Philip, also an antique enthusiast like the Queen, joined in the conversation with the experts and even made a joke about wanting to see evidence of their antiques’ authenticity.
“I think that’s like a lot of things that arrive here in the palace without any clear knowledge of how or why. All the things here (on the table) are in the house for one reason or another without the back story,” said Atterbury in the Daily Mail report.
Meanwhile, one of the antique experts said that the Queen was particularly interested to hear them talk about the story behind the christening cup, which had a direct connection to the royals. It was apparently a gift that the Queen’s aunt, Lady Granville, bestowed to one of her friends who had given birth to a daughter while the Queen’s uncle, Lord Granville, was Governor of Northern Ireland.
So there you have it for a glimpse of the Queen’s visit to “Antiques Roadshow,” which is set to air later this year on BBC. Follow more celebrity news and updates here on Movie News Guide (MNG).