- By Kate Quigley
- 19 February, 2014
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Buckingham Palace Tickets
During the months of August and September, HM The Queen very kindly lets the hoi-polloi take a peek at her London pad whilst she bravely battles the midges at her Scottish holiday home, Balmoral, so we can feast our eyes on the 19 lavishly furnished State Rooms of Buckingham Palace that make Downton Abbey look like Downton Shabby! Even if you missed out on a knighthood this year, you can immerse yourself in all things royal with fast track entry to the Buckingham Palace State Rooms and visit another popular London attraction at a discounted price with 365tickets new combo offer.
Buckingham Palace Tickets for the State Rooms sell out fast, so early booking is essential, and your visit can be combined with tickets for the London Eye, St.Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace or the Tower Of London.
Buckingham Palace State Rooms are used to entertain visiting dignitaries and heads of state, and for ceremonial occasions. More than 50,000 people attend banquets, luncheons and receptions each year, and a “jumble sale” for members of staff was held recently to dispose of 10 years worth of lost property unclaimed by guests. As well top hats and designer bags at bargain prices, a mayor’s chain of office was sold for £10! The State Rooms contain some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection, made up of pieces collected by Kings and Queens over the past 500 years. Paintings by Van Dyck, Rubens and Canaletto hang beneath gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers, sumptuous carpets line the floors and the rooms are furnished with antique french and english tables and chairs, sculptures, tapestries and fine porcelain ornaments. Two curved marble staircases lead up to the the State Ballroom, where banquets and diplomatic receptions are held, and the Throne Room, where “his and hers” chairs of state are mounted on a platform. The West Gallery leads to a series of ornate Drawing Rooms overlooking the lawns and formal gardens, and visitors are welcome to stroll round the south side of the palace gardens after their tour. Each tour takes between 2 – 2.30 hours, and multilingual audio guides are available.
For 2014, a new exhibition, Royal Childhood, will be showing, featuring photographs, clothing and favourite toys of the junior royals spanning 250 years, many of which are will be on display for the first time. Be sure to grab your Buckingham Palace Tickets before they sell out!