Have you ever stood outside Buckingham Palace wondering what the Queen gets up to in there? Do you imagine what her throne is made of? Have you ever wondered how many rooms are in there? Well this post is all about Buckingham Palace and what is inside!
Now I hate to disappoint you but there was a strictly NO PHOTOS rule inside Buckingham Palace for obvious reasons so there will be none of the state rooms from my camera (thank you google) but a few from the gardens outside.
Every summer Buckingham Palace opens its gates to the public for a short time during the summer while the Queen stays elsewhere, usually in Scotland over the summer. Every year I have lived in London I have been meaning to go but this year I finally made it happen.
So I will admit I didn’t see everywhere inside the palace (obviously) but I was very impressed with the amount of rooms we could visit and rooms that are in constant use for a variety of reasons. The state rooms are used to entertain, used as award ceremonies and host events for dignitaries and other important people visiting London.
The free audio guide is a must and for each room there was a wealth of information about past events, how it was designed and there was even a commentary from Prince Charles about what it was like growing up at the palace which I thought was a nice touch.
We were very lucky to also attend the special exhibition titled ‘Royal Childhood’ at Buckingham Palace. There were various old toys, train sets, chairs with ‘William’ and ‘Harry’ on them, ride on cars and full role play kitchens with china tea sets.
The most incredible part of the exhibition was the wide array of photos on display of all members of the royal family when they were young. Most of these photos were unseen until the exhibition opened and in another room there was a film running, mainly when the Queen was young with her sister playing in the gardens at Buckingham Palace. There was also many videos of Charles as a small child riding bikes and cars in the garden of Buckingham Palace with the corgy’s following along. You do sometimes forget that they are just real people like you and I and it was clear they had a lot of fun.
There is more information and photographs from the exhibition here
So here are some snaps of the rooms from google to give you an idea.
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Some of the other state rooms included where little George was baptised last year and where royal wedding photos are taken. It was then time to head outside to the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace and enjoy the view of the palace from outside. I was lucky enough to attend a garden party earlier this year so I have already been in the gardens. There was a fantastic shop selling all things regal and royal, I picked up a fridge magnet as a little reminder of this wonderful day.
You can still go and see the state rooms until September 28th, if you are a Londoner and haven’t been yet, get down there or at least schedule it for next year, it is a must do, royalist or not! Buckingham Palace is steeped in history and oozes English charm.
Interested in the royals? Read about my day at the Garden Party with the Queen here
Have you ever visited Buckingham Palace?
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