Monday, January 30, 2012

House of the Month

Rideau Hall
Ottawa, Ontario

Rideau Hall, since 1867, is the official residence of both the Canadian monarch,
and the home and workplace of every Governor General.

Canada became a country of Confederation in 1867. 
The system of government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. 
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and Head of State. 
The Governor General is the representative of the Queen in Canada.

The Queen at Rideau Hall in 2010
The Queen 2010 unveiling a bust of herself for Rideau Hall
William and Kate Canadian arrival in  2011
William and Kate in the Tent Room
Prince Charles with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009

 The mansion was built in 1838.  
It houses 170 rooms and is approximately 31,168sqft, making it the largest private residence in Canada.

Main entrance

Long Gallery
Doors leading to gardens from the Long Gallery
Dining room
Dining room
Tent room
Queen Victoria portrait in the Tent room
The Pauline Vanier room
Reception room
Changing of the Guards during the summer months

The current Governor General is  His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.


A bit of Canadian scandal 
When the Queen was to make her 2010 tour,
the husband of the then Governor General Michaelle Jean
asked the Queen to stay in a hotel instead of Rideau Hall because they would not be home during the time of her visit.

Former Gov General Michaƫlle Jean with the Quuen

Imagine that - the house only belongs to the Queen!
The Queen ended up staying at her house.
It made national news.....we Canadians were not amused!!

I have only been to Rideau Hall once, many years ago.
It was incredibly beautiful!




  1. Very interesting. I've never seen pictures of it. Thanks for sharing =)

  2. What an amazing place! It's really beautiful ~ very pretty colors used on the interior too. I don't think I would tell the Queen she couldn't stay there ~ probably not a good idea! : )

  3. What an interesting post Diane. I didn't know a lot of those facts at all nor did I realize how large and beautiful this home is! The arial shot at the end shows all the back buildings attached and greenhouses - immense. Thanks for sharing this bit of Canadiana. Pamela

  4. Beautiful! It somehow manages to look cozy and welcoming despite being huge.

  5. Oh what a beautiful place! I love that striped room... It's so unexpected! Thanks for these gorgeous photos!
    Blessings, Joanne

  6. How amazing. Oh how's your house but you can't stay there. Thanks for the tour and the info.


  7. Rideau Hall is incredibly beautiful, isn't it! I have never seen any photos of it, this is such a treat!
    I wonder what possessed the former governor general's husband to ask the Queen to stay elsewhere during her stay?! What!?!?! Some people have real nerve.
    Hugs, Cindy