|The Queen's stunning coronation gown, patterned with motifs from UK|
and Commonwealth countries. Note the tiny waist.
The tour of the Palace was extensive and wonderful. Things that stood out for me were:
|The White Drawing Room. The large mirror to the left is hinged to conceal a door which allows the Queen discreet access to the room|
- The sweeping staircase leading up from the front entry designed with deliberately shallow steps to make it look longer and grander
- The throne room, familiar from formal and wedding portraits of the royal family
- The White Drawing Room which is absolutely magnificent and is where the Queen meets visiting heads of state. It is familiar from television shots.
- The Art Gallery bursting with paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Canaletto, Reynolds, Rubens and many others
- The sculpture gallery including works by Canova
- The glorious chandeliers, incredibly ornate ceilings and rare, fine china by Sevres
- The feeling that this is a palace with life in it. I have been to many stately homes and there is usually a lifeless, museum quality to them. Buckingham Palace was different, it felt lived in but nevertheless fresh and immaculate.
|The Throne Room - where Royal wedding photos are taken|
Outside the palace we had the opportunity to admire the beautiful and extensive park like grounds, complete with lake and I think if I lived in the palace that is where I would spend most of my time, so quiet, so peaceful and right in the heart of London. Photography is permitted in the grounds so the following photos are my own.
Do take this tour if you are in London in August or September, you won't be disappointed. It was certainly a highlight of my trip to London.
|The rear of the palace, overlooking the grounds|
Left: Part of the gardens and lake
Right: That's me at the rear of the palace
|Cute little ice cream shop in the Palace grounds|