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Britain’s Treasures

BLENHEIM PALACE

Oxfordshire

This stately pile boasts one of the country’s most popular vistas and is the birthplace of one of Britain’s most well-known prime ministers

The water terraces were added in the 1920s to make the already impressive building look more like the Palace of Versailles
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MARRIED INTO MONEY

In 1892, facing bankruptcy, the 9th Duke married a teen heiress from one of America’s richest families. There was no love between the pair, but the marriage saved the palace from ruin.

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