What there is to See:
The State Rooms
The 19 State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures in the world, from the Royal Collection. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen and the State rooms are where the work gets done. Official Royal business is carried out here by the queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place at 11:30 daily from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting.
The new guards arrive at the forecourt of the Palace at 11:30 from Wellington Barracks. The journey takes about 5 minutes and the soldiers are accompanied by a band. The ceremony is conducted on the Palace forecourt and takes approximately forty minutes to complete.
The Army have not yet released the schedule for July, August or September.
Described as a ‘walled oasis in the middle of London’, the Palace’s garden is home to thirty different species of bird and more than 350 different wild flowers, some extremely rare. Visitors end their tour with a walk along the south side of the garden, with splendid views of the west front of the Palace and the famous lake.
New – 1st August – 28th September 2010
Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace
The Queen’s Year will give visitors a lively insight into the principal national and ceremonial events in the royal year. The exhibition will include displays of ceremonial robes, uniforms and jewels as well as archive photography and film to evoke key events in Her Majesty’s diary.