The aim of Princess Anne’s tweet displaying her watching rugby might need been to have a good time Scotland’s victory over England within the Six Nations, but it surely felt like a celebration of one thing else solely.
Anne, who’s patron of Scottish Rugby, might need thought she was shining a lightweight on their weekend win at Twickenham, but it surely was her lounge that stole the present. It encapsulates a very British higher class type of inside design. The surprisingly cosy room is full of, properly, stuff. Books piled on prime of books, on that are balanced photographs and statuettes of animals. And, regardless of most likely proudly owning a number of massive dwelling rooms scattered throughout numerous homes, the one pictured – at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire – is as rammed because the smallest metropolis terrace.
Minimalists have been on social media wincing on the litter, however behind the mismatched muddle is the insouciance of actually posh dwelling. Princess Anne has no want to brush by way of, frantically cleansing and de-junking, earlier than posting an image of it to thousands and thousands. She has far an excessive amount of inherited mahogany to embrace a pared-down look.
The house seems not a lot designed as advanced. A chintz armchair sits on a patterned carpet, on prime of which sits one other rug. You simply know that room’s perfume will not be that of a Diptyque Feu de Bois candle however the muddy canine that’s fairly most likely mendacity in its brown velour mattress by the tv, simply out of shot.
The whole lot appears as if it’s been there endlessly and constructed for consolation somewhat than cautiously curated for others to admire. The Princess Royal and her husband, Timothy Laurence, seem solely nonplussed by the concept that anybody would possibly dissect their dwelling quarters. They’re, in fact, secure within the information that we will’t spy what might lie hidden within the corners or atop the dresser. Let’s simply say that the dad and mom of a titled pal of mine have a drinks trolley within the nook of the lounge, laden with historical bottles of bizarre congealing concoctions, which act like fly paper to each passing insect.