Royal Day Out

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Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom

Royal Day Out London Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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Visiting the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace Aug 03, 2017
Royal Day Out is the annual opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace to the public. The “open house” occurs during the summer months when the Queen is at Balmoral. This was something we really wanted to do on our visit to London and we booked tickets well in advance. (Royal Day Out tickets also include admission to the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews. These two attractions are open to visit year round, but the State Rooms are not.)

The State Rooms are used for public functions at Buckingham Palace. They are seen in many photos of Royal events that have taken place there. Unlike museum palaces like Hampton Court or Versailles, the State Rooms are in regular use when the Queen is in residence. You are walking in the rooms where various official events take place.The Grand Staircase in the Marble Hall, White Drawing Room, Ballroom, Picture Gallery, Ballroom and Throne Room were all on the walk-through tour. The Picture Gallery included many portraits of past British monarchs. I liked the family portrait of Victoria and Albert with their children.

Many of the rooms displayed official gifts presented to Queen Elizabeth during her reign. The gifts ranged from items presented by British county councils, schools and organizations to gifts from Commonwealth countries and from visiting heads of state. Among the British items were plaques, models and items of folk art. Commonwealth items were representative of local cultures, from a Canadian totem pole to a variety of African carvings and South Asian fabrics. American gifts from Presidents Kennedy and George Bush were on display. A touching recent gift was from King Felipe VI of Spain. He presented facsimiles of postcards exchanged between his great-grandparents Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenie (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter).

The Music Room featured a tribute to Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death. Along with photos, her desk from Kensington Palace was displayed with a selection of items she used or were meaningful to her. Even her collection of music cassettes was on display! The items had been selected by William and Harry.

After the tour through the State Rooms, visitors could enjoy a walk through the private palace gardens. Lunch was available at the Garden Cafe on the terrace overlooking the gardens.

Photography is not permitted in the State Rooms but is permitted in the Gardens.
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Paulovic says:
Congrats on your featured review!
Posted on: Oct 08, 2017
planxty says:
Many congratulations on your feature today. I must admit that I have lived in London for almost 30 years now but have never been inside "Buck House", I really must get round to it.
Posted on: Oct 05, 2017
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Posted on: Oct 05, 2017
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