This week I introduce to you the splendiferous Blenheim Palace. The Palace, situated in Woodstock Oxfordshire, is the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and is the only non-Royal house in the United Kingdom to hold the title of Palace. Its construction was originally intended to be a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough from a grateful nation in return for military triumph against the French and Bavarians at the Battle of Blenheim. However, it soon became the subject of political infighting, which led to Marlborough’s exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and irreparable damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh. The palace remains the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, the present incumbent of the title being John George Vanderbilt Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough. Like his forebears he lives for part of the year in the palace, his family occupying the same suite of rooms as the 1st Duke and Duchess.The palace, park, and gardens are open to the public on payment of an entry fee (maximum £20 as of December 2012). To read a full, detailed history of the house click here, otherwise please enjoy the gallery.
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