Buckingham Palace, the home of our beloved Queen, has been the official London residence of British royals since 1837, and despite still being in occasional use, the Palaces State rooms are open to the general public during August and September (though remember to book in advance).
The Palace itself is a whopping 108m long and 120m deep, and has a grand total of 775 rooms! Of these there are 19 State rooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, 52 Royal/guest bedrooms and an impressive 188 staff bedrooms - a little extravagant for just one old lady and her dogs, but a breathtaking sight nonetheless. Though it never used to be quite so large - In 1853, Queen Victoria, un-amused by the lack of a large entertainment room, added what would be the largest room in London at the time - 36.6m long, 18m wide and 13.5m high.
In-fact, the core of the Palace was originally a country house, built in 1703 for John Sheffield, whose family sold it to George III in 1751, for a tasty £21,000 (£3million equivalent). 69 years later, this family home was transformed into the Palace we know and love today, by the architect John Nash. Despite his obvious talent, Mr Nash gravely overspent, and was immediately fired.
Over 50,000 lucky people get invited to Buckingham palace every year, as guests at banquets, lunches and Royal garden parties (lucky so and so's).
For those of you lucky enough to enter the Royal palace, you will instantly be blown away by the sheer magnificence of the Entrance Hall and its curving, marble Grand Staircase. You may even get to glimpse a few of the antique portraits that Queen Victoria herself set into the walls.
To book your very own ticket to this seemingly fairy-tale palace, simply visit the Royal Collection Trust website, and click on 'Visit'.
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