The Queen Mary Room
Queen Mary stayed in this room when she and her husband, King George V, visited Althorp in 1913. Queen Mary was a dreaded houseguest, with a tendency to hint very heavily that she liked a particular object belonging to her hosts, until they felt obliged to offer it to her as a gift. Apart from the many interesting portraits hung here, especially noteworthy are the chairs covered with needlework designed and worked by the Seventh Earl. He was, in fact, Chairman of the Royal School of Needlework. The extremely tall bed is a copy of an eighteenth century design, and is draped in rich green taffeta.