This summer Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen opens its doors to the public. Here are 6 reasons why you should make sure the tour is on your itinerary….
- Get to experience what might be the most magnificent staircase in the world. The Grand Staircase lit by an etched glass dome in the ceiling is a magnificent, double balustrade masterpiece that features some of the world’s finest bronze casting work.
- View a seriously fine art collection. As well as having the likes of Rembrandt and Rubens on display, the palace is home to portraits of Royals past and present a private stunning collection that shouldn’t be missed
- You might be at the palace at the same time as the Queen! Okay, you are highly unlikely to meet the monarch herself, but you may well be there while she is at home. How to tell? Take a look at the flag on top of the palace. When she is in, the Royal Standard flag can be seen flying, when she’s away, the Union Flag is raised instead.
- Where else will you find a home with 78 bathrooms? There are a staggering 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace, 19 of which are staterooms the ones you will get to see during the summer tour. There are also 78 bathrooms but no official word on how many of those you can visit during your visit.
- See All the Royal Thrones with your own eyes. Thought that one throne was enough for Her Majesty? Think again she has a whole room full of Thrones. The aptly named Throne room is a highlight of the tour, and you may well recognise it as the backdrop to many a Royal Ceremony!
- Relax in the biggest garden in London. At over 39 acres, the Royal Garden is a veritable oasis in the centre of London. As well as perfectly manicured lawns, it boasts more than 350 types of wildflowers, herbaceous borders, a rose garden, over 200 trees, a three-acre lake, tennis courts, a wisteria-clad Summer House, and the huge Waterloo Vase!
The Buckingham Palace Tour begins end of July and end in September. Ticket availability is limited, and prices start at £25. The Palace is just 40 minutes by train, bus or car from The Westbridge Hotel.