Buckingham Palace State Rooms

Opens 20th July 2019 – Closes 29th September 2019

Every tour has LIMITED AVAILABILITY so please book early.

 

The State Rooms Tour

There are many attractions on the Buckingham Palace tours but one of the most popular is the State Rooms tour. State rooms were designed to impress and could only be found in the homes of elite aristocracy.

There are 19 State Rooms in Buckingham Palace, they are rooms designed to be on public view and used by the Royal Family when welcoming guests on official State and ceremonial visits. The State Rooms all contain items from the Royal Collection. Paintings adorn the walls by the grand masters and acclaimed artists, sculpture and furniture by the finest craftsmen in the world, all available to view and admire.

George IV commissioned much of the work which transformed Buckingham House into a palace in 1825. The architect given this prestigious task was John Nash, who brought the King’s vision to life and made sure the Monarch’s taste was stamped firmly throughout but included his own taste in dramatic arches and features.

Each carefully chosen Royal Collection treasure has a story to tell and rich history waiting to be discovered. Here is a small sample of what is on offer:

 

The Throne Room

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married the Throne Room provided the setting for the wedding photographs.

Used for official entertaining and court ceremonies by the Queen, the two Chairs of Estate dominate the room, placed beneath an ornate arch and canopy. The crimson silk damask chairs are characteristic of late 17th century English craftmanship and are produced from beechwood. Embroidered on the chair backs are ‘EIIR’ for the Queen and ‘P’ for Prince Philip, both refer to the Order of the Garter with the circlet clearly depicted. The Queen’s chair, crafted in 1953, was used at the beginning of the Coronation ceremony as the Queen prepared to be crowned.

Also, on display is a throne chair created for Queen Victoria in 1837 and chairs used for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth 1937.

 

Picture Gallery

A selection of the finest paintings in the Royal Collection are on display in the Picture Gallery.

Designed to be the setting for magnificent artwork, the 47m room allows the works to be displayed to best effect. Used now for official entertaining, the artwork is changed regularly as the Queen has many pieces out on loan globally for exhibitions and in notable galleries.

The Picture Gallery is used by the Royal Family for receptions honouring people from all walks of life for their contribution to their sector or remarkable personal achievements. The Picture Gallery also hosts the recipients waiting for their investiture at the honour’s ceremony.

 

Blue Drawing Room

The Blue Drawing Room was the original ballroom of the Palace before the construction of the new ballroom in 1855.

George IV brought many pieces from his previous residence to the Palace. The astronomical clock which sits on the mantlepiece is well worth a second look.

Observant viewers of George IV’s state portraits will notice that in the background, the Table of the Great Commanders is depicted. This was one of the King’s prized possessions, given to him in gratitude by Louis XVIII as he was restored to the French throne following the defeat of Napoleon. The table takes pride of place in the Blue Drawing Room where many admire the portraiture of many leaders from Alexander the Great to Hannibal.

 

Marble Hall & White Drawing Room

Just as the Royal Collection of art was given a gallery so to the collection of superb sculpture thanks to the Marble Hall located directly beneath the Picture Gallery.

White Drawing Room

The White Drawing Room is regarded as the greatest of the State Rooms, it is where the Queen and the Royal Family congregate and prepare together for official events.

 

The Ballroom

The biggest of all the state rooms and originally called the Ball and Concert Room following construction in 1855. During the reign of Queen Victoria, it featured a musician’s gallery but is now used for ceremonies such as investitures and State banquets.

 

A Real Treat

As you can from just these small examples, there are many rooms and treasures waiting to be discovered and learned about at Buckingham Palace. Follow our blog as we delve deeper into the secrets of Buckingham Palace. We will bring you first class research and make learning about our Royal Family a real treat.