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The usually enclosed Buckingham Palace is now offering you freedom of access, what could possibly be hidden inside?
Imagine Life of Royals in Buckingham Palace
Be awestruck as you venture inside each of existing 19 State Rooms. The State Rooms function as a meeting room between monarch and her subjects, some of them are also used as a venue for royal wedding reception. In fact, the wedding reception of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are being held here. Marvel at the lavish decorations supported with elegant marble pillars, soft and silky carpets, and display of sculptures and paintings made by renowned artists such as Van Dyck, Canaletto, and Canova.
Everything about the Grand Staircase immediately scream 'ROYALTY!'. The grand ornated bronze staircase was born from hands of John Nash commissioned by King John IV in 1825. Looking closely, the railings are decorated with intricate details of acanthus, oak, and laurel leaves, you will notice the architect had keen eyes for smallest details. It gets even better when a sun light passing through the glass-dome ceiling.
If you think it has anything to do with series of building, you'd better read this until the end. Royal Mews is a place where you can see various state coaches and carriages being put on the display. The most remarkable one is probably the Gold State Coach, a gold-coated horse carriage made for King George III and has been used for royal coronation. It is said that the horse carriage is so heavy it needs 8 horses to pull it. Sharing the same spotlight are series of antique cars such as Bentleys, Limousines, and Jaguars are featured here. Dying to be a royal now?
Though the palace is not accessible for public everyday, you still can enjoy some royal masterpieces in the Queen's Gallery. Showcasing 450 collections of royal artworks, different items are showcased in different period. So it's hard to not get excited when you're planning your next trip to the art gallery.
If you'd love to take pictures with the guards, you sure would like to see them change place too. The Queen's Life Guard will ride from Hyde Park Barracks and then past the Buckingham Palace to change the guards at Horse Guards. During all this, there will a march by a detachment of the Old Guard with musical supports. This usually starts at 11.30 am daily from April to June. However, the exact date may change every year. Be sure to check the dates in advance. You can watch the whole process for approximately 40 minutes. To avoid the crowd and to find the best spots to watch, it's best to arrive before 10.15 am. Watching the changing of the guards is completely free.
The Clarence House is the official London residence of the Prince of Wales a.k.a Prince Charles. It is open for public tours in August only. You will formal gardens and five ground-floor room that Prince Charles use for royal engagement. Those rooms include The Lancaster Room, The Morning Room, The Library, The Dining Room, and The Garden Room. Besides that, the house also displays the Queen's art, porcelain, and silver collection.
Being the smallest Royal Parks doesn't mean Green Park is not worth a visit. It is only seperated from the Palace by a roadway and you can get an excellent view of the Palace from there. Bach then, this park was believed to once be a burial ground for the lepers who stayed at a nearby hospital at St. James'. Pickpocketing was also very common at that time. But now, visitors can walk around the park and learn history at the same time. There are several meaningful monuments inside the park, including Canada Gate, The Canada Memorial, Wellington Arch, The Bomber Command Memorial, and Constitution Hill. Most of them are build to remember and honor the people who lost their lives during World War II.
This museum explores the history of British Army, which was created in 1661. Inside the building, you will see uniforms, standard elegant horse fittings, awards, and musical instruments. You can also try on real guards' helmets and regalia, which, of course, will be fun for children. Another interesting activity is through a glass wall inside the museum, you can watch the guards prepare their horses in the stable. Fun for the whole family!
How to Get Tickets?
The only way to purchase entry ticket to Buckingham Palace is by book tickets online from official site of Royal Collection. You can buy tickets to Royal Mews and the Queen's Gallery separately, though reserving for a joint-ticket is much more convenient. You can easily go from Buckingham Palace to other London attractions by using public transportations. Though most attractions can be easily accessed by walking on foot.
How To Get Around?
You can easily go from Buckingham Palace to other London attractions by using public transportations. Though most attractions can be easily accessed by walking on foot.
What Should I Wear?
You might visit the Buckingham Palace, but surely you don't want to make a bufoon of yourself for wearing wrong dresscode, right? While visiting the palace might gets a little intimidating (since it's the Queen's home), it's actually not that hard to pick your outfits to go. Casual clothes will do you just fine, unless if you are about to meet important figure, than you'lll need to dress up a bit more.
Best Time to Visit
The only perfect time to visit the Buckingham Palace is obviously when the Palace is open for public (usually when the Queen is away), usually on Summer. This 2018, the palace will be open for visitors from 21 July to 30 September, so grab the chance while you can!
Will I Need a Guide?
Each entry is timed, so we are afraid you'll be accompanied with a guide, whether you like it or not. It's not all bad though, since you can get valuable informations and unique facts about the palace and its history. There is also audio guide in the State Rooms. You can even join for a royalty-style afternoon tea party at a luxurious London Hotel afterwards. So it's a win-win situation afterall!
How To Get There?
Buckingham Palace is easily accesible by taking underground train. You can stop at Victoria, Green Park, or Hyde Park tube stations. All three stations are located nearby the Buckingham Palace.
Be sure to check the exact schedule of the Changing of the Guards, Buckingham Palace visit, and Clarence House visit months before you are going.