They’re changing guards at Buckingham Palace! And every summer, up until the end of September, you can not only watch the changing of the guards but enter the palace itself! If you’ve ever dreamed of following in Kate and co.’s footsteps, August and September is the perfect time to do so. After all, Buckingham Palace is one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces, so you’d be mad to miss the chance to enter it. And, of course, if you’re looking for somewhere to base yourself after a busy day of sightseeing, The Westbridge Hotel is where you need to be.
So, what can you expect from a day visiting the official London residence of the Queen?
There is a different theme every year, which gives a one-off insight into the experience that 62,000 people undergo each year, as guests of Buckingham Palace State visits, garden parties, receptions, investitures or as private audiences.
If you are lucky, you could have the chance to enter the building through the Grand Entrance and learn some fascinating facts along the way. For example, did you know that setting up the Ballroom for a State banquet takes a staggering 10 days? Every glass has to be exactly the same distance from the edge of the table (down to the last millimetre) and it’s this precision that creates the magic.
You’ll be given the opportunity to discover the lavishly-decorated State Rooms; home to some of the most exquisite treasures from the Royal Collection. These include paintings by Vermeer, Claude, Rembrandt, Canaletto and Poussin. Sculptures by Chantrey and Canova, Sevres porcelain and some of the world’s greatest examples of French and English antique furniture.
As a visitor, you will be able to explore the exclusive “secret doors” used by Her Majesty to get from her private rooms to the State Rooms in order to greet guests. There are also some weird and wonderful gifts on display, all of which were presented to the Queen during her State visits; for example, the ceramic Tree of Life (which shows the Queen and all her homes) which was given to her by the President of Mexico in 2015.
The opening of Buckingham Palace is proving to be extremely popular, so make sure you book your visit in advance. Adult ticket prices are £23, and child entry is £13 so it’s a relatively inexpensive day out, but one that we can highly recommend. Why not combine it with a quintessentially English afternoon tea before or after your Palace experience?
Book your London getaway today and stay with us at The Westbridge Hotel; we will do all we can to ensure your stay is as relaxing and fun-filled as possible.