Take a tour of Buckingham Palace this winter

At the time of year when the British Royal Family’s headquarters of Buckingham Palace isn’t usually open to the public, they’ve decided to do something different.

The State Rooms are open for tours with friends and family. Now you can see in real life the gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers, providing a magnificent setting for ceremonial occasions and are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.

A Buckingham Palace Guided Tour (available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 5 November and 30 January) gives visitors the opportunity to explore rooms used by members of the Royal Family for official entertaining.

These include the Throne Room, used for the wedding photographs of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the Ballroom, created during Queen Victoria’s reign and still used today for Investitures and State Banquets; the Music Room, often used as the setting for royal christenings; and the White Drawing Room, with its concealed door that allows members of the Royal Family to enter and leave the State Rooms discreetly.

Buckingham Palace Guided Tours cost £65 for adults and are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5 November 2021 to 30 January 2022. Family Guided Tours cost £65.00 for adults and £37.50 for children (under-fives go free) and are available on Saturdays and Sundays (one per day at 11am) from 6 November 2021 to 31 January 2022. Family Guided Tours between 18 December and 2 January are Christmas themed. Tickets and visitor information: rct.uk, +44 (030) 123 7300.

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