Royal Summer Sights: Buckingham Palace

It’s the Summer, the sun is blazing, the kids are off school and you are frantically trying to find things to keep them occupied. Well, for every Royal enthusiast out there – young and old – there are plenty of Royally related sights to visit and enjoy and Royal Circular is going to keep you in the know this Summer. We begin with the most famous attraction of them all: Buckingham Palace.
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Buckingham Palace is Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence and is where ‘The Firm’ carry out their business. Queen Victoria was the first Monarch to live at Buckingham Palace though in 1993 her Great-Great Grandaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, opened the doors to the Palace to the public throughout the Summer months and some half a million people visit Buckingham Palace every summer.

Opening Times

  • 21st July-31st August 2018: 09:30 Opening/ 17:15 Last Admission/ 19:00 Closed
  • 1st September-30th September 2018: 09:30 Opening/ 16:15 Last Admission/ 18:00 Closed

Highlights of the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

The State Rooms
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Upon entry to Buckingham Palace, members of the public will be allowed access to a number of the State Rooms. This includes:

  • The White Drawing Room: This is the grandest of the all of the State Rooms and serves as a royal reception room for The Queen and The Royal Family to gather before official occasions.
  • The Throne Room: Among other things, this rooms houses the Chairs of Estate – used for the Coronation Ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. The Coronation Chairs of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are also present.
  • The Picture Gallery: Among the artists represented in the Picture Gallery are Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens.
  • The Ballroom: The largest of the State Rooms was completed in 1855 during the reign of Queen Victoria. Today the Ballroom is used for occasions such as State Banquets and Investitures.
  • The Grand Staircase: Designed by John Nash and influenced by London theatres, full-length portraits of Queen Victoria’s immediate family adorn the upper part of the staircase.

2018 Highlights

  • Prince and Patron: 21st July-30th September 2018: To mark The Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday in November, this special display features works of art specially selected by The Prince of Wales himself.
  • Exclusive Evening Tour: 1st-29th September 2018: After the Palace has closed to visitors for the day, enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Palace in the company of an expert guide.
  • Family Garden Storytelling Adventures: 4th-5th August 2018: Go on a wonderful tour of the Buckingham Palace Gardens and discover the wonderful secrets behind each corner.
  • Family Faces with the Royal Drawing School: 18th-19th August 2018: Take inspiration from the array of grand portraits in Buckingham Palace to draw the face of your own family member.
  • Woodwork, Pottery and Painting: 25th-27th August: Get crafty over the Bank Holiday weekend as families are invited to try their hand at an array of craftwork with the help of Turquoise Mountain.

Shopping and Eating

  • With a wide range of gifts inspired by the Royal Palaces and works of art in the Royal Collection, the Buckingham Palace Shop has everything imaginable for the Royal enthusiast to remember their special day.
  • If you feel a bit peckish or the summer sun means your a little thirsty then The Garden Cafe is the perfect pit-stop on your Buckingham Palace journey. Serving a selection of light refreshments including tea, coffee, sandwiches and pastries you’ll be able to sit back and relax and enjoy the views across the Palace lawn.

Families and Children

Buckingham Palace is the perfect place to pique your young one’s interests in Royalty and History. With a range of activities around the Palace to keep the children entertained including the Family Pavilion, The Queen’s Secret Door in the White Drawing Room and drawing activities and trails, Buckingham Palace is the perfect place for a family day out.
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Getting to the Palace

  • By train: To London Victoria or London Charing Cross. Visit National Rail for more details.
  • By London Underground: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner. Visit Transport for London for more information.

Prices

The State Rooms Royal Day Out*
Adult £24.00 £42.30
Over 60 / Student (with valid ID) £22.00 £38.50
Under 17 / Disabled £13.50 £23.30
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £61.50 £107.90

For more information on your Buckingham Palace trip visit royalcollection.org.uk

Featured Photo Credit: Sean O’Keeffe

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