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February 1, 2023

National Museum of History hosted conference on Eastwell estate, Queen Mary’s childhood residence

As part of its “Sunday at the Museum” program, the National Museum of the History of Romania (MNIR) invited the public to a conference on Eastwell Park, a country estate in Kent that was the childhood residence of Queen Marie of Romania.
According to MNIR, Eastwell Park, the English stately home where Princess Marie of Edinburgh, the future sovereign of Romania, was born, has been made known in our country thanks to her memoirs “The Story of My Life,” which were published for the first time in the United Kingdom in the mid-’30s. Marie was born into the British royal family, to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (second son of Queen Victoria) and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. In her memoirs she lovingly describes the place where she spent her childhood: “A big grey house in a huge beautiful English park: woods, great stretches of grass, wide undulating horizons, not grand or austere, but lovely, quiet, noble – an English home.”
The Eastwell Manor has been turned into a hotel whose fame is definitely linked to the names of its noble or royal residents.
The conference titled ‘Eastwell Park: a brief history of Queen Marie’s childhood residence’, was delivered by historian Diana Mandache .A  researcher with MNIR who specializes in recent history and the history of royalty, Mrs. Mandache presented the public the history of Queen Marie’s childhood home, illustrating the lecture with engravings and vintage photographs and a short film about today’s Eastwell Manor.
Through its educational program “Sunday at the Museum”, the National Museum of History of Romania offers the public a pleasant and instructive pastime of 60 to 90 minutes in the form of multidisciplinary courses on various topics from history, archeology, numismatics, heritage conservation and restoration and the place held by Romanian values in the universal heritage. The presentations are accompanied by screenings and short articles in foreign languages.

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