Royal Destinations : Lancaster House - London

This Wednesday, Prince Charles had a few activities. He attended inter alia a
reception to mark the 50th. anniversary of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
in Lancaster House in London. On next link you can read more about the DEC:
http://www.dec.org.uk/

As always, I wanted to know more about the House where this reception took
place: Lancaster House.



Lancaster House - Source picture: Wikipeida


The mansion is located in the St. James's district in the West End of London.
Once it was a part of St. James's Palace Complex.

Lancaster House was built in 1825 for the Duke of York and Albany, second son of
King George III.



Duke of York and Albany - Source picture: Wikipedia


Later the mansion was purchased by the 2nd Marquess of Stafford
(later he became the 1st. Duke of Sutherland).
At that time the House was known as Stafford House.



Source picture: Wikipedia

Queen Victoria once said to the Duchess of Sutherland on arriving at Stafford House:
'I have come from my House to your Palace.'



Painting - inside view - Source picture: Wikipedia

In 1912, the House was purchased by Sir William Lever, 1st. Baronet (later 1st
Viscount Leverhulme). He renamed it in honour of his native country Lancashire.
He presented it to the nation in the following year.