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Pictures from Buckingham Palace (London) and Windsor Castle (Berkshire).

Buckingham Palace (interior), London
Buckingham Palace (interior), London: The White Drawing Room                      © VisitBritain/ Royal Collection/ 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s official London residence has a whopping 775 rooms. The 19 lavishly decorated State Rooms form the heart of the working palace. They’re furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Rembrandt, sculpture by Canova and some of the finest English and French furniture.

The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are used extensively by The Queen and members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions and are open to visitors during the annual Summer Opening of the Palace (30 June – 9 July and 30 July – 7 October 2012).

In 2012, a special exhibition celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – ‘Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration’ will show the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years and includes an unprecedented display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels.

The White Drawing Room overlooks the Palace gardens on the principal floor. It was originally called the North Drawing Room and is perhaps the grandest of all the State Rooms. The Room serves as a Royal reception room for The Queen and members of the Royal Family to gather before State and official occasions and it is here that guests are presented to The Queen during the many receptions held at the Palace.

The Throne Room was used during Queen Victoria's reign for Court gatherings and as a second dancing room. It is dominated by a proscenium arch supported by a pair of winged figures representing 'victory', that hold garlands over the 'chairs of state’ – the chairs used by monarchs at their coronations. It is in the Throne Room that The Queen, on very special occasions like Jubilees, receives loyal addresses. It has also been the setting for formal wedding photographs.

The Green Drawing Room is the first State Room on the principal floor that guests and visitors to Buckingham Palace enter once they have ascended the Grand Staircase. The Room has always been hung with green silk – originally woven in Ireland in 1834 on the special instruction of Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV.from

Find more pictures from Buckingham Palace (interior) and Regiment of the Scots Guards at Buckingham Palace.              

Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace, London (UK).                                                                                                   © VisitBritain/ Britain on View

Watch the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace:
The guard change at Buckingham Palace has an official start time of 11.30am, however the guards start arriving with music at 11.15am. The ceremony runs for 30 minutes and all the guards taking part in the daily ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. The ceremony is set to music and takes place on different days depending on the month you visit.

Visit the Royal Mews:
One of the finest working stables in existence, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages. The most dazzling of all the coaches on display is the Gold State Coach, used as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.

Long walk towards Windsor Castle
The long walk towards Windsor Castle (Berkshire), UK.                                                                                             © VisitBritain

The Long Walk was commenced by Charles II from 1680-1685 by planting a double avenue of elm trees. The central carriage road was added by Queen Anne in 1710. It is a little less than three miles long.

Windsor Castle, UK
Windsor Castle (Berkshire), UK.                                                                                                       © VisitBritain/ Britain on View

Windsor is the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II, and the venue of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials. Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Tour the 11th-century castle and grounds, and admire the lavish State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms – faithfully restored after the 1992 fire. Seeing the Changing of the Guard is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor.

Catch a 40-minute mainline train from Paddington Station to Windsor & Eton Central, then walk five minutes to Windsor Castle.


 

Links

The British Monarchy
official web site of the British Monarchy with information on the royal residences such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

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