The most exclusive tour in town is back for summer.
Unless you’re planning to be elected a head of state sometime in the next three weeks, this is probably your only chance to get inside Buckingham Palace this year. Each summer, the Palace’s devilishly decadent State Rooms are opened to the public for ten weeks, and the 2018 season got underway this weekend. So, like a very nosey neighbour, it’s time to have a peek inside.
On the grand tour are several supremely ornate rooms, which would give even Liberace a serious case of house envy. The Throne Room is where one would park one’s royal behind if one lived here, whilst the White Drawing Room is a mirage of white and gold. You can up your dinner game with a visit to the Ballroom, soak up the culture in the Picture Gallery, and pose like your duke or duchess of choice on the Grand Staircase, which begins the tour.
Each year, Buckingham Palace hosts a special exhibition, and this year’s is a birthday celebration. In honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, the Prince & Patron exhibition will see artworks personally selected by Charles on display in the State Rooms. Meanwhile, throughout September, there’s an even fancier version of the tour on offer after the Palace closes for the day. It’s a chance to see the State Rooms after dark, and you get a complimentary glass of Liz’s finest bubbly at the conclusion of the tour. For heaven’s sake, don’t spill it on the carpet!
The tours are running until September 30th, with the evening tours running September 1st-29th. There’s no photography allowed, so selfies with members of the Royal Household are out of the question. You’re a guest after all, so you’d best behave like one…
Tickets to the State Rooms tour cost £24 for adults, and can be booked here.