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While Buckingham Palace is another world altogether in terms of grandiosity and spaciousness, here are the top highlights that you can explore while on your regal exploration.
The White Drawing Room is one of the most important State Rooms in Buckingham Palace, which are the public rooms in the palace where The Queen and members of the Royal Family receive guests. One of the principal reception rooms of the palace, the White Drawing Room is furnished with lavish English and French furniture and porcelain. Her Majesty The Queen usually enters the room through an enormous hidden door, which you can try to locate while on your visit.
The starkly scarlet room houses a pair of throne chairs, known as the Chairs of Estate, which were used for the coronation ceremony of The Queen in 1953, as well as other chairs made for the coronation of King George VI, and a single throne chair made for Queen Victoria in 1837. Designed by architect John Nash, the room is intricately adorned in a seventeenth-century style, while the dramatic influence can be attributed to Nash’s background in theatre set designs.
Being the largest of the State Rooms, The Ballroom was used for hosting balls and concerts, even featuring a musician’s gallery complete with an organ. Completed during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1855, today the Ballroom is used for official purposes, sometimes for holding State Banquets. Plaster statutes made by British sculptor William Theed overlook the throne canopy. A triumphal arch supports a medallion that features the profiles of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in their glory.
Admire the parquet floor inlaid with various kinds of woods like satinwood, rosewood, tulipwood, mahogany and holly as you walk around the Music Room, where royal babies have been christened as well, including the Queen’s three eldest children. Guests in the palace are presented in the room before dinner or a banquet, having assembled in the Green Drawing Room.
Around 47 metres in length, the Buckingham Palace Picture Gallery features some of the greatest paintings in the Royal Collection. As The Queen lends out various works of art to exhibitions held around the UK and overseas, there is always a regular change in paintings. The gallery features artists like Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Claude.
Behold the Grand Staircase that leads you to the rooms on the other floor of the grand residence. Designed by John Nash in his characteristic London theatrical style, the staircase features full-length portraits of important members of the Queen’s family, like her grandparents George III and Queen Charlotte, and her parents Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Just like the garden parties you must have seen in the English period dramas on-screen, wander around the same gardens that the Royal Family uses for celebrations and entertaining guests. The Queen’s Garden Parties held in the summer see around 24,000 guests welcomed into the lush greenery every year, with the 19th-century lake being one of the main attractions of the garden.
Witness the traditional ceremony of the change of guards with troops in red coats and bearskin hats, and watch them go about with bands and marching as the ceremony marks the detachment of one troop and the taking over of the other. Glimpse the spectacle and British pageantry, as guards march to the rhythm of the music of the bands, is a sight to behold.
Delve into the stories that accompany the Treasures of the Palace in the form of antique furniture, objects, paintings and art pieces, and get to know what significance they hold in the larger regal scheme of things! The Marble Hall is the place to be if you want to engage your visual senses in the magnificent marble sculptures and stunning paintings.
Experience what goes behind arranging the road transport for the royal family, right from the horse-and-carriage lavish ride to the cars that take them around town, as you see coachmen in liveries and chauffeurs in uniforms! Explore the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in the world.
Discover The Queen’s very own exhibition of art pieces and paintings in the palace and know more about the aesthetic side of English monarchy. The ever-changing gallery features old paintings, antique furniture, decorative arts and a vast collection of fascinating photographs.
Designed and built by the renowned architect John Nash in 1825, The Clarence House was previously home to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother for almost five decades. Originally built for George III’s third son, the Duke of Clarence, this house survived enemy bombing during the Second World War.
Engage your mythological interests in the Marble Hall, as you can look at many white marble statues of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses carved to perfection. One of the most famous sculptures of the hall is by the leading sculptor Canova, and it shows the Roman god of War - Mars, with Venus, the goddess of love, carved out of a single stone, which is a treat to the eyes.
A. Yes, you can buy Buckingham Palace tickets online.
A. The best way to purchase Buckingham Palace tickets is to book them online. This way you get vouchers for great offers and can also reserve slots well in advance.
A. Yes, you can book any date of your choice in advance, if you book your Buckingham Palace tickets online.
A. While you can get a full refund on cancelling the entrance tickets up to 24h before the schedule, there are some tour tickets that can’t be cancelled. Please check the cancellation policy of the tickets before purchasing.
A. Buckingham Palace is the London royal residence. It is the administrative headquarters of the Bristish monarchy.
A. The address of Buckingham Palace is London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom.
A. Buckingham Palace has made toilets and baby-care facilities available for the visitors at the entrance and in the garden.
A. Alternative arrangements can be made for visitors with disabilities on request.
A. No, photography is not allowed in Buckingham Palace. However, visitors are free to shoot in the Palace Gardens for non-commercial purposes.
A. Yes, Buckingham Palace is the official residence of The Queen.
A. You can visit the State Rooms of the Palace, and admire the architecture of the palace which has intricately adorned furniture and fascinating ceramics, or take a walk around the palace gardens, which have breathtaking lush greenery for a refreshing promenade.