Buckingham Palace is not your normal run-of-the-mill tourist attraction. For a start, it is only open to the paying public for a short time every summer and then you are politely but firmly informed that mobile phones should not be used and nor should cameras. Nothing as impolite as making you give up your electronics, just the information that they are not welcome. It works. I didn’t see a single person being so rude as to even think about it. To feed the need to click and swipe you are handed an interactive audio guide. Your tour starts with the Prince of Wales thanking you for coming.
State Rooms are intended to dazzle and dazzle the ones at Buckingham Palace certainly do. 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.
You finish your tour on the garden terrace of the Palace. A rather fine tented tea room has been set up to enable you to eat superior cakes whilst overlooking the gardens, we observed that the Queen has quite a problem with Canada geese on her lawns.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE: STATE ROOMS
Saturday 22 July – Sunday 1 October 2017
Open daily 9.30am – 6.30pm (last admission 4.15pm)
Admission: Adult £23, Over 60/Student £21, Under 17 £13, Family ticket £59
Have your ticket stamped on the way out and you visit again as many times as you want for a year.
There are many combinations of tickets that can be bought full details can be found here