A peek inside England’s most famous house
Ever wanted to take a peek inside Buckingham Palace? Yes? Well, who wouldn’t! And now you can with these wonderful virtual rooms on the official Royal website.
If you’re not lucky enough to visit during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September they’re the next best thing.
First up is the sweeping Grand Staircase, a magnificent feature designed by the architect John Nash for George IV and later decorated by Queen Victoria with huge portraits of her family. The steps, lavishly decorated in white, red and gold, are climbed by thousands of visitors each year and lead to the State Rooms where Receptions and Investitures take place.
Next it’s the White Drawing Room used for receptions and audiences. It’s also been used as the backdrop for a number of formal photographic portraits of members of the Royal Family. It’s here where you’ll see one of John Nash’s most impressive interiors crowned by an enormous crystal chandelier. At either end of the room you’ll also notice four ebony-veneered cabinets. One conceals a hidden door that opens to allow the Royal Family discreet access to the private rooms beyond.
For more information on Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences check the British Monarchy website.
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