royal grand design on ITV1 tells the story of how King Charles III spent over a decade working on an incredibly passionate project to restore the Dumfries House estate in Scotland.
In a unique documentary, the monarch reveals how he and a team of experts have worked tirelessly to breathe new life into the run-down estate, which was also featured in a recent special Repair shop.
Here’s everything you need to know about royal grand design…
A Royal Grand Design – when will it be released?
The documentary will air on Wednesday 30 November 2022 on ITV1 at 21:00 and will also be available on ITV HUB, which will become ITVX from Thursday 8 December.
Royal grand design – what is it about?
The cameras follow the monarch for several years as he details how, in 2007, as Prince of Wales, he and a consortium bought the 2,000-acre Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire for £45 million to try and save his fortune.
He aimed to keep the estate intact, including all the furniture in the 18th century house, and to restore the surrounding area.
“I knew that if we hadn’t stepped in and saved it, someone would have bought it and said they had a great idea for golf courses and stuff and it would never work, so it would join list of even more abandoned countries. houses,” says His Majesty.
What repairs have been made?
In the film, narrated by Richard E. Grant, a number of experts attempt to restore and preserve items in the house, including Chippendale’s chairs and bookcase.
“If you think about the skill, dedication and dedication that went into the construction of these buildings by incredibly skilled craftsmen, very often their descendants are still in the area, so I have always felt that we owe these skilled craftsmen to help preserve the fruits of their labor.” says His Majesty.
It also shows how the house’s walled garden – one of the largest in Europe – is undergoing massive changes. While part of it has been turned into a decorative area with a belvedere or lookout designed by King Charles himself, the rest has been turned into a public garden.
“There is a wonderful study garden here, which is of great importance to the locals,” says King Charles. “We invite children to learn about food and its origins, and help them grow it.”
His Majesty also sought to preserve many traditional crafts and educate the next generation of hospitality, horticulture, technology and engineering workers through courses and internships at Dumfries House. And at the heart of his plans is sustainability.
“This whole agenda is critical here because, for example, there are a lot of engineering skills that we are trying to help develop by working on the educational and professional side to make this area a great example of how you can create new businesses and jobs in green economy,” he says.
When the project is completed, the then Prince of Wales shows his late mother Queen Elizabeth II around the estate, along with his son Prince William. But most of all, he prides himself on bringing work and hope to a struggling local community.
“I wanted to save the house because it is very important,” His Majesty says. “I knew it was a very underprivileged area and I wanted to use it as a proper example of what I’ve always believed in, which is heritage-based rebirth and trying to show people that it works.”
Is there a trailer?
Not yet, but we will add it here when it is released.