Heaving with crimson and gold, the 1823 room has taken three years of painstaking work to return it to its former glory

Restoration of the room George IV created at the Royal Pavilion at Brighton when he finally became king, after his debt-ridden years as Prince of Wales, is almost complete after three years of work.

The saloon, dating from 1823, heaves with crimson and gold silk, with silver walls, golden dragons, palm trees, winged solar disks, an explosion of sunflowers and a carpet reminiscent of a volcanic eruption. There is more to come, but the room is already blindingly bright enough to strike the viewer like a blow between the eyes.

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