Wouldn’t it be nice to live the life of a royal for the day? This September you can play ‘make believe’ at the summer opening of Buckingham Palace. The general public are invited to step through those grand gates (à la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and peek inside this mysterious and magical building, where they can walk around its 775 lavishly decorated rooms, including 52 Royal and guest bedrooms and an impressive 78 bathrooms!
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London-based residence of the Royals since 1837. It is also the Monarch’s current administrative HQ and houses the offices of those who support The Queen and her immediate family with their day-to-day duties.
The Palace, originally known as Buckingham House, may not be a museum or art gallery, however, it is decorated with priceless pieces from the Royal Collection, which has evolved to become one of the world’s most important collections of art. Royal status aside, this alone is a reason to visit. Highlights include paintings by Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin, exquisite sculpture by Canova and Chantrey, beautiful examples of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest furniture England and France has to offer.
Each year, the Palace curates a special collection of art, which is exhibited in the Palace’s ballroom. 2014 will offer visitors “a glimpse into the childhoods of the royals”, including that of the family’s newest addition, Prince George. Many previously unseen images with be displayed alongside outfits worn by the royal during their formative years and many of their most treasured toys.
Tickets can be booked online. The ‘summer opening’ ends on September 28th, so to be sure to buy now for a chance to walk in the footsteps of British Royalty.
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Pricing: £19.75 (adults), £11.25 (children), £18.00 (concession), free entry for children under 5.