After a somewhat quick obligatory stop at the shops in Bournemouth (some of us needed outfits fitting to meet the Queen), we took a drive to the countryside.
This is Kingston Lacy - a beautiful country house which was given to the National Trust in 1981.
Auntie Sandra was so kind to take Sophie on the preschooler tour so that Andrew and I were able to stroll through the house and take it all in.
We entered through the laundry house or should I say the turn of the century Miele showroom?
Collecting ideas for our own interior decoration
Talk about a library!
Somewhere on a desk was a bust of Kaiser Wilhelm, who had visited Kingston Lacy. The bust was tucked back into its box and stowed in the cellar for a few years in 1914.
Isn't this how everyone in England still sets their table for dinner?
Love the pink.
We spotted a painting of Kate Middleton!
A spider in the bathtub
Sophie was fascinated
All that separated me from the cows was the ha-ha.
The highlight of the preschooler tour of Kingston Lacy was finding the hidden chest full of outdoor toys.
One more view of Kington Lacy.
Finally, here is the dress which Auntie Sandra had bought for Sophie. I think I have seen Kate wear such a dress on a couple of occasions.