Longford castle- Princess Diaries 1 & 2 (Jai Lawan)

                                                     “You cannot teach your heart to love”

Princess Diaries 2 is one of the movies I never get tired of watching. I first watched this movie when I was still in highschool. Though its weird, I actually watch part 2 before I got to watch the first part. The first part was about this ordinary, nerdy looking girl, played by Anne Hathaway, who lived a simple life and later on figured out that she had a whole country waiting for her after college. She was so surprised when she learned about it and she could not believe that she is a princess. A princess who will soon be a queen. She was totally not ready for it. Not like other girls, she never even thought of being a princess.
On this movie the Longford Castle was used as the “Genovian castle”. Its where Princess Mia and her grandmother lived. In the movie it was a really big castle with a very big garden area. Although it was really nice, I wouldn’t want to live there since its too big, I might not see my family even more.

Longford Castle, about 160 hectares, is located in a rural area.To the north the site is bounded by the flood plains of the River Avon, engineered during the 17th century. To the east the site is bounded by farmland, with Alderbury village beyond it.

 Key information:
Form of site: country estate
Purpose of site: Ornamental
Context or principal building: castle
Site Style : formal
Site first created: 1578 to 1591
Main period of development: 18th century
Survival: Extant
Site Size (Hectares): 160

                                  The Longford estate was bought by Sir Thomas Gorges in 1574 which was  originally owned by the Cervingtons.  In about 1578-91 he built Longford Castle to an unusual triangular design by the architect John Thorpe, and formal gardens were laid out to its south and east fronts. The main building had several floors and was triangular with a round tower in each corner; the three towers representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. There was a chapel, kitchen department, several boudoirs and sitting rooms, as well as bedrooms. Fresh cold water was pumped to various floors and there were water closets operating with rainwater. A park, fruit garden and kitchen garden were attached. Due to the damages caused by the civil war,at around 1654, the gardens were restores for Lord Coleraine, who had bought Longford from the Gorges family in 1641. At about 1680,detailed engravings were made on the the gardens of longford by the artist Robert Thacker.

Going back to the story, on the second part of princess diaries, Princess Mia has just turned 21 and is supposed to succeed her grandmother as the Queen of Genovia. But Viscount Mabrey who wishes that his nephew who is also in line to the throne to be the new ruler, reminds everyone of a law that states that an unmarried woman can’t be made queen, and with the backing of parliament, he opposes Mia’s coronation. But Queen Clarice asks that Mia be allowed time to find a husband, and she is given 30 days. But Mabrey tries to do what he can to stop that. But his nephew, Nicholas has met Mia and they are both attracted to each other but Mia upon learning who he is, dislikes and doesn’t trust him but Clarice has invited him to stay with them for the 30 days period to keep an eye on him. She followed what her granmother suggested. She tried getting along with Nicholas. At first she tried avoiding him but then Nicholas kept on following her. Later on disregarding the thought they’ve somehow just been set up, they fell for each other. Things were going well but then Nicholas’ uncle had bad plans for Princess Mia. He wanted to set her up to show to the public that she does not have any potential of being a princess. All the while Princess Mia thought that it was all Nicholas’ ideas. So she left him thinking that he set her up for the public to know her flaws. She looked for another guy, and her grandmother helped her.

Again she set herself up with a guy. She picked a random guy whom she could marry, since she needed to get married soon. Yes she found a decent guy. A very respectable guy, and she taught herself to love him. She knew that she needed to do this as a duty to be crowned as queen. Things went well and she thought that she actually learned how to love instantly. As planned, of after 3o days, she must get married, they started arranging their marriage. Until the day everyone’s been waiting for came, the day that Princess Mia will get married to her so called prince charming. While walking to the aisle she felt like something was wrong.  She then calls off the wedding and makes the members of parliament abolish the law that a queen needs a husband.
On the day of her coranation Mia is both excited and disappointed that she has lost what may her big chance at true love But Nicholas shows up in the throne room and tells her he loves her.Finally Mia is crowned queen of Genovia . The end ! hihi 🙂

Made By: Ruth Jireh M. Lawan 2011-31012






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