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The Royal Pavilion,Brighton

The Royal Pavilion is a building, formerly a royal residence, located in Brighton, England. It was built in the early 19th Century as a seaside retreat for the then Prince Regent. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th Century.
The Prince Regent, who later became King George IV, first visited Brighton in 1783, as his physician advised him that the seawater would be beneficial for his gout. Being remote from the Royal Court in London, the Pavilion was also a discreet location for the Prince to enjoy liaisons with his long-time companion, Mrs Fitzherbert. The Prince had wished to marry her, and may have done so secretly; however this was illegal owing to her Roman Catholicism.
After the death of George IV in 1830, his successor King William IV also stayed in the Pavilion on his visits to Brighton. However, Queen Victoria disliked Brighton and the lack of privacy the Pavilion afforded her on her visits there (especially once Brighton became accessible to Londoners by rail in 1841) and after her last visit to Brighton in 1845, the Government planned to sell the building and grounds. The Brighton Commissioners and the Brighton Vestry successfully petitioned the Government to sell the Pavilion to the town for £53,000.(Wikipedia)

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