Prince Charles has “mini Buckingham Palace” built at Poundbury, in honor of his late Grandmother.
A block of luxury flats, built as part of Prince Charles’ architectural project in the village of Poundbury village in Dorset, have been likened to Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles styled the building as the centrepiece of Queen Mother Square, in honour of his late Grandmother, the Queen Mother, whose Father, Claude Bowes-Lyon was the 14th Earl of Strathmore.
The building is yellow and white, which separates it from Buckingham Palace in London, however the façade shows the true resemblance, with the same pillars, a classical and traditional style and the same doorways and shape. Strathmore House also features a large open balcony and the Royal crest.
The eight properties each have two or three bedrooms, high ceilings large windows and “rare attention to detail”, designed by the leading classical architects Quinlan & Francis Terry.
Simon Conibear, from the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “The square has been planned since the inception of the project. It is physically in the centre of Poundbury and will include a statue of the Queen Mother. His Royal Highness wanted to commemorate his grandmother.”
The luxury flats were quickly sold, at a price ranging between £575,000 – £650,000 each.
A spokesman for Parkers estate agents said: “The building has attracted a lot of attention, both locally, nationally and internationally. The apartments have sold to a variety of purchasers, with over half of them moving from within Dorset, and two others international.”
Once the square is completed, a statue of the Queen Mother will be placed in the centre.
Poundbury sits on 400 acres of land owned by Prince Charles, who created the traditional British village due to his strong ideas on environment and architecture.
A separate block of flats and a spa is being built on the other side of the square, and will be named the Royal Pavilion.
The Poundbury plan will result in a total of 2,500 homes when it is completed, which is expected to be 2025.