See inside Buckingham Palace
The mighty doors to London’s most famous dwelling swing open this month, inviting the general public to peek into the world of Queen Elizabeth II. If you dream of stepping inside Buckingham Palace, here’s your chance. Read more here and watch our video, 5 Reasons to Visit Buckingham Palace, below.
This year’s Summer Opening runs from 20 July to 29 September and includes an exhibition marking 200 years since the birth of the Queen’s great-great grandmother, Victoria. Queen Victoria’s Palace looks at how the young monarch transformed the palace from an unfinished, partially decorated monolith into a national focal point.
Like Elizabeth, Victoria ascended the throne at a young age and quickly moved to her new home from Kensington Palace. The exhibition illustrates her youth with a portrait by Thomas Sully, which was completed while she was a teenage queen.
Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at the age of 20. Seventeen years and nine children later, Buckingham Palace was starting to feel a bit cramped for such a large family – it hasn’t always been the massive, four-sided structure that you see today. After £70,000 was raised, the East Wing was finished in 1849, closing the square and introducing Buckingham Palace’s now-famous balcony.
Aside from Queen Victoria’s Palace, the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace is a real treat. Ticketholders are granted access to the 19 state rooms and the tour ends as they enter the beautiful garden, covering 160,000sqm and the scene of many royal garden parties.
If you are considering visiting Kensington Palace during your trip, then you may not be surprised to find out that it is also celebrating Victoria’s 200th birthday, too. Its two exhibitions explore Victoria’s royal childhood at Kensington Palace, as well as the private life behind her carefully managed public image.
Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA
20 July - 31 August 2019: Daily 9.30am-7.30pm
1 - 29 September 2019: Daily 9.30am-6.30pm
T: 030 3123 7302 | www.royalcollection.org.uk
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