The world’s most famous family is opening its doors to allow the public into one of London’s most iconic landmarks: Buckingham Palace. During the Summer, while the Queen is taking a well earned break in Balmoral, her official residence is opening its doors for those eager to see beyond the impressive facade, and to get an insight into life inside the palace.
Buckingham ‘House’ was transformed into Buckingham Palace in the 1820s by the architect John Nash, for George IV. It houses a staggering 775 rooms including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
This year’s exhibition recreates the settings for state visits, receptions, garden parties, investitures and private audiences, including the palace ballroom, which is transformed for a state banquet with glittering silver-gilt from George IV's Grand Service. You will be able to see how guests are welcomed to Buckingham Palace and what goes on behind-the-scenes to create the magnificence of a state visit – from the dresses, to the menu, table arrangements and porcelain chosen for a state banquet.
Visitors will have the chance to visit state rooms and learn more about the Palace’s fascinating legacy. You can also take in some of the stunning palace garden, covering 40 acres, which includes a helicopter landing area, a lake, and a tennis court. It is home to 30 different species of bird and more than 350 different types of wild flower.
The exhibition runs from 25th July to 31st August 27th (open from 9:30am to 7:30pm) and from the 1st to 27th September from (9:30am to 6:30pm). Tickets cost £20.50 and under.