Queen’s Room Settee #2001-1883Former Queen’s Room, North Wing, Main Floor
Fully upholstered wing back settee with roll over arms and fitted seat cushions; upholstered in red leather, on tapering out swept maple legs with brass bases; part of a three piece lounge suite comprising two armchairs and a three-seater settee.
The settee is still located in the Queen’s Room where it was used by Queen Elizabeth II during her five day trip to Canberra in 1954. On the third of February, 1954, the newly crowned Queen became the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, she travelled extensively around the country and visited every capital city (except Darwin) and 70 country towns during her eight-week tour. It is estimated that approximately 75% of the population saw the Queen at least once during her trip. Her visit also marked an important event for Provisional Parliament House when Queen Elizabeth II became the first reigning monarch to open our parliament.
During her five day trip to Canberra Queen Elizabeth II attended various functions and events at Provisional Parliament House including the State banquet and State ball held in her honour and the opening of the third session of the 20th National Parliament. While she was visiting Provisional Parliament House a room in the President of the Senate’s suite was set up as a room for the Queen so that she could have some privacy. This settee is part of a three-piece wingback lounge suite that was purchased specifically for use in the Queen’s room during the Royal visit. Although it was initially covered in green floral fabric it was later reupholstered in red leather to match with the colour of the Senate.
|Medium||Queensland maple; leather; timber; textile|
|Date created||Circa 1930|