Will you sponsor the King’s Apartments?

This set of rooms is where George IV slept at night and met his ministers during the day. It feels more sober and statesmanlike than the rest of the Pavilion, but is still full of extravagant details.

You can become a sponsor of this virtual room from £60. To find out why it’s so special listen to our Royal Pavilion curators discuss the King’s Apartments.

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Become a Silver Sponsor with a donation of £60 or more. As a Silver Sponsor, you can add a message to be pinned to the virtual King’s Apartments.

Gold sponsorship

Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual King’s Apartments and will also receive a high quality photographic print of the room.

The print will be made from new photography by Jim Holden. Printed by Jim onto high quality Ilford photographic paper, this is a work of art that will acknowledge your support as a sponsor and provide an attractive picture for your home.

The print will be approximately A4 size and posted out to you following your donation.

Why sponsor this room?

Our Royal Pavilion curators David Beevers and Alexandra Loske explain why the King’s Apartments are so special.

David Beevers

‘Well, these are very interesting these rooms. These were the last parts of the Pavilion to be to be built. George was now King. He was very overweight, very out of condition and in poor health. They’re subdued, appropriate for the time of his life, you know, he was in his late fifties when these rooms were built. So, in the bedroom, very few people will go apart from his most intimates. The Library which precedes the bedroom also functions as a throne room. This is where state occasions that would take place in here privy council meetings, things like that and a throne would be placed in this room, but it was also a library. George was a very educated man. He had all the novels of Jane Austen in each of his palaces very fond of those, and reading was another of his relaxations and the Library follows current usage at the time. It was also a comfortably furnished living room, but these rooms have none of the fantasy and exuberance of the Saloon, the Music Room and the Banqueting Room. These are low rooms. They’re subdued rooms, suitable for the change stated. He was King by the time these rooms were in use and he was not in good health at all and they kind of suggest studious retired rooms rather than the exuberance of the earlier rooms.’

Alexandra Loske

‘Well, these were George’s private quarters after the Nash transformation. So after 1815, he had private rooms upstairs, but my guess is he wanted more space and view of the gardens to the west but also being on the ground floor meant it was you know, if he found it quite hard to negotiate stairs at an advanced age so this is on the ground floor it’s completely level and it’s a much larger space than upstairs. So this comes quite late in the development of the Pavilion and what you see here is a very regal theme it’s not quite as opulent as the public, the main staterooms but it still picks up so many of the elements that you find in a grander form in the staterooms. So for example, the wallpaper is the same pattern as we have in several other rooms in different colours and here it’s called the Dragon Wallpaper. And here it comes in a, in a more sedate green and a green that is fairly common at that time, but it still has the exotic elements. So it’s the private quarters and another reason for having them on a ground floor is because George had a bathroom installed which is just off his bedroom in this area. It doesn’t survive. But of course this wasn’t just an ordinary bathroom, he had a marble plunge bath and as you can imagine that could not have been on the upper floor of the Royal Pavilion.’