Pick up a local guide and you'll get real value from your visit, far more than from the occasioanl sign boards and notes. You may possibly get access to some of the palace areas not normally open to visitors.
The palace of the king demonstrates just how constrained was the life of a powerful, conquering ruler - he lived in one room, cooked his own food in it for fear of being poisoned, hid on a shelf to try and learn if visitors were plotting against him, and his bed was on a platform up a ladder to protect against being assassinated by his guards.
His son was less fortunate. The prime monister did assassinate him, marry his first wife, then two of his other wives to hold power until ousted by the French.
The adjoining summer palace of the queen reflects the French influence, but also shows what a force Queen Victoria was and how Victorian taste influenced this island even though it was not part of the British Empire.
One tip for the ladies: the toilet in the palace grounds is a long drop, no paper and costs 200 Airies, so probably best avoided.
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