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The White Drawing Room is known for being one of the grandest, most breath-taking rooms within Buckingham Palace. It serves as a royal reception room for the Queen and members of the Royal Family to come together before official occasions. In addition to the fine English and French furniture, you’ll spot ornate treasures dotted around the room including the marble statue ‘Sappho’ by William Theed, the ‘Vase ferré’ - Sèvres soft paste porcelain vases and many delicate candelabra.
The White Drawing Room is also home to a famous ‘hidden door’. It allows the Queen to enter the room directly from her apartments without the need to walk through other palace rooms. You can’t help but wonder how many other secret passages there are…
Not to be confused with the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, this Green Drawing Room is decorated with delicate green silk hangings and a beautiful Axminster carpet woven with russet, gold with the national emblems. At the end of the room you’ll have a direct view of the grand Throne Room.
One of the grandest rooms in the Palace is by far the Throne Room. Over the last two centuries, it has played host to a number of spectacular balls and investitures. Today, special occasions for the general public and international political figures are held here.
Here, you’ll see the Queen and Prince Philip’s Chairs of Estate, Queen Victoria’s throne and the dramatic, luxurious décor. You can almost imagine the Queen and Prince Philip sitting right in front of you.
Despite its name, there is actually very little blue in the blue drawing room. If you look closely enough, you may notice ornaments and furniture with blue in them, but the majority of the room is adorned in opulent reds and golds. In this lavish drawing room, you’ll experience a stunning view of the palace gardens from a large window overlooking the grounds.
The colossal ballroom’s vastness is astounding to witness. As one of the largest State Rooms, the ballroom was completed during Queen Victoria’s reign in 1855. The beautiful room is used for official events including State Banquets and investitures. A selection of statues surrounds the arch where the two thrones sit under the canopy, including sphinxes and winged figures.
In order to get to the State Rooms, first you must climb the Grand Staircase. As you walk up the red carpeted stairs with twisting gold banisters, you’ll witness the stunning full length portraits of Queen Victoria’s immediate family. Look up and you’ll see the dome - made up of 40 panes of glass. This allows in natural light to brighten up the grand staircase. If you look close enough you’ll see angels etched into each of the panels.
The picture gallery is a narrow room with a large vaulted skylight, giving you plenty of light to see the exquisite detail of the paintings displayed here. Home to a number of the greatest paintings in the Royal Collection. As the Queen lends paintings to exhibitions across the UK and abroad, the paintings change fairly frequently. However, presently you are likely to see 17th century works from Italian, Dutch and Flemish artists. Amongst these are paintings from Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Claude.
If you opt to combine your State Room Tour with a Garden Tour, you’ll also get to wander through the sprawling Palace gardens. Home to over 350 types of wild flowers (some of which are very rare) and 30 species of bird, the gardens will transport you from the hustle and bustle of the capital to a serene oasis.
Drink in the palatial garden views and finish your tour by unwinding in the Garden Café with a tea or coffee and gaze across the Palace Garden views.
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