The Brighton Royal Pavilion was originally just a small farmhouse in the countryside on the south coast of England. To anybody who has visited the pavilion today this may seem a little impossible, as this is quite possibly the most ornate and extravagantly styled stately home that has ever been built in England.
The Prince Regent and Prince of Wales at the time was the man who later went on to be crowned King George IV. He was a fun-loving and somewhat rebellious young prince who did not like to conform to the strict nature of the Royal London court, and he just refused to behave in the way which he was expected to, as heir to the throne.
This was at the time, the early 1800’s, things were different then, and far more social restrictions were placed even upon ordinary people, but much more so upon those who were supposed to be royalty.
Prince George, in true Prince George style embarked upon an affair with a married woman. Tired of the interference of the royal court, he moved down to the south coast where he came upon this quaint farmhouse which gave him the privacy and freedom he needed to continue seeing the woman he loved.
After time however he began to miss the luxuries and trimmings of a palace, although he certainly did not wish to return to London. He had come to love the South coast so he knocked down his farmhouse, and in its place had a beautiful and extravagant palace built – fit for a prince.
It is this palace which we know today as Brighton pavilion. Queen Victoria sold it to the town in the late 1800’s. With its unusual mix of Chinese interiors and Indian exteriors it makes for an unusual viewing