Monday, October 22, 2007

Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.

Osborne House History
In 1903, part of the estate became a junior officer training college for the Royal Navy known as the Royal Naval College, Osborne. Initial training began at the age of 13, and further studies were continued at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The College closed in 1921, with the last students leaving on 9 April 1921. Former students included Queen Victoria's great-grandsons, the future Edward VIII and George VI, and their younger brother George, Duke of Kent. Among other well-known alumni of the college was Jack Llewelyn-Davies, one of the five Llewelyn-Davies brothers (George, Jack, Peter, Michael and Nico) who inspired Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. Jack described his five years at Osborne as horrendous—his brothers all went to Eton. The case of George Archer-Shee from 1908 onwards, who was expelled from Osborne after being falsely accused of stealing a 5-shilling postal order, inspired the play The Winslow Boy.
Following the closure of the naval college, the building operated as a museum, with a wing set aside until the late 1990s for retired officers of the British Armed Services. Known as King Edward VII Retirement Home for Officers, this later included convalescents from military and civil service backgrounds.

English Heritage

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