A royal grand design on ITV1 shows how King Charles III. worked for over a decade on an incredible passion project to restore the Dumfries House Estate in Scotland.
In the one-off documentary, the monarch explains how he and a team of experts worked tirelessly to breathe new life into the run-down property that also starred in the recent special The repair shop.
Here’s everything you need to know A royal grand design…
A Royal Grand Design – when is the release date?
The documentary will air on ITV1 on Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 9pm and is also available on ITV HUB, which will become ITVX from Thursday 8 December.
A Royal Grand Design – what is it about?
Cameras follow the monarch over several years as he details how he bought the 2000-acre Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire for £45million in 2007 as Prince of Wales alongside a consortium to try and salvage his fortune.
He wanted to keep the property intact, including all the 18th-century furnishings of the house, and also regenerate the surrounding area.
“I knew if we hadn’t stepped in and rescued it someone would have bought it and said they had a great idea for golf courses and stuff and it never would have worked so it would have gone on the list of more derelict houses” , says His Majesty.
What modifications are made?
Narrated by Richard E Grant, the film sees a number of experts attempt to restore and conserve items in the home, including chairs and a Chippendale bookshelf.
“When you think of the skill, dedication and dedication that went into constructing these buildings with incredibly skilled craftsmen, their descendants are often still in the area, so I’ve always felt we owe it to those skilled craftsmen are to help maintain the results of their work,” says His Majesty.
It also shows how the house’s walled garden – one of the largest in Europe – is undergoing a major makeover. While part of it will be turned into an ornamental area with a belvedere, or viewpoint, designed by King Charles himself, the rest will be turned into a community garden.
“It has a wonderful educational garden that is making a huge difference to local people,” says King Charles. “We get the kids to learn about food and where it comes from, and we help them grow it.”
His Majesty was also keen on preserving a variety of traditional trades and training the next generation of hospitality, horticultural, technology and engineering workers by establishing courses and apprenticeships at Dumfries House. And at the heart of his plans is sustainability.
“All of this agenda is critical here because, for example, there are a lot of technical skills that we are trying to develop by working on the education side and the professional side to make this area a great example of how to create new things can do business and jobs in the green economy,” he says.
When the project is complete, the then Prince of Wales shows his late mother Queen Elizabeth II at the estate with his son Prince William. But he is most proud of bringing work and hope to the local community that has faced difficulties.
“I wanted to save the house because it’s so important,” says His Majesty. “I knew it was a very underprivileged area and I wanted to use it as an appropriate example of what I’ve always believed in, which is renewing heritage and trying to show people that it works.”
Is there a trailer
Not yet, but we’ll add it here when one is released.