Buckingham Palace is beloved by tourists. Even when it is not open to the public crowds can be found outside craning for a view of either the Queen or the Changing of the Guard. Every summer when the Queen heads to Scotland for her own summer holiday, the Buckingham Palace State Rooms are opened up to the public gaze. 2020 is the exception to that rule due to Covid 19.
Buckingham Palace State Rooms review
State Rooms are intended to dazzle and dazzle Buckingham Palace certainly does. It all begins with plush red and low level gilding and then you find yourself at the base of a white and gold staircase that seems to head upwards into infinity whilst branching off into ever more extravagant interiors.
Stately homes are often in a state of semi-shaded gloom, as blinds are kept lowered and windows shut to control climate and help preserve the fixtures and fittings. Buckingham Palace is a busy workplace and here the windows are not only not shaded but, on the day of our visit, wide open to let a welcome breeze in. The junior CW’s were especially taken with a secret door in the White Drawing Room, it leads to the private apartments. It is concealed behind the mirror on the left hand side of picture, we liked to think of the Queen lurking there and pouncing out to surprise her visitors.
Every year Buckingham Palace has a different special exhibition in the State Rooms. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Victoria was the first to use Buckingham Palace the the headquarters of the Royal Family and created the Palace as we know it today. I especially liked the costume which the Queen wore for the Stuart Ball, which shows just how very tiny she was.
Check out my post about Queen Victoria's London if you would like to find out more about Victoria and Albert changed London.
Families welcome at Buckingham Palace
Families are welcome at Buckingham Palace, there is a special multimedia tour designed for children under 12. Alice the footman and Rex the corgi take you on a tour of the Palace and there are games to play whilst you explore. At the end of tour there is a family pavilion with all sorts of playing and photo opportunities. For grown ups and children there is a garden pavilion housing a tea room with rather splendid cakes and views across the Buckingham Palace lawns.
Exiting Buckingham Palace is not only via the gift shop (yes I do have a Buckingham Palace wooden spoon) but via the gardens as well which gives the opportunity to see the back of the Palace and to take photos.
Have you visited Buckingham Palace? What did you think?
Buckingham Palace State Rooms Tickets
- Open: NOT OPEN IN 2020
- Admission: Adult £25, Family £64 concessions available
- Have your ticket stamped on your way out to make it an annual pass
- Combinations of tickets to visit the Royal Mews and Queen’s Gallery are available
- Make sure you book, details available here