London has a rich Royal history, which is nowhere more evident than at Buckingham Palace. As the official London residence of the British monarch, this lavish palace opens to the public each summer, providing visitors with the chance to explore the stunning state rooms.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the key spaces to see during your trip…
What are the State Rooms?
The Buckingham Palace State rooms are the public spaces where members of the Royal Family entertain guests on official state occasions. Many of the rooms continue to have specific uses today, and reflect the styles and tastes of previous British monarchs since Buckingham Palace first became a Royal residence in 1825. While you stay in Chelsea London, this is the ideal way to see more of the day-to-day life of the British monarchy.
The White Drawing Room
This is arguably the most opulent of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, with white and gold furnishings sure to impress luxury-loving guests at the San Domenico Hotel London. The venue is most commonly used for Royal receptions, and as a place where members of the Royal Family gather ahead of major events at the palace.
Key objects include a piano which is based on an earlier design owned by Queen Victoria. There is also a desk which was owned by a daughter of Louis XV and later bought by George IV for use at Buckingham Palace. The White Drawing Room features a striking portrait of Queen Alexandra above the fireplace, painted in 1908.
This room features a pair of throne chairs which were designed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh IN 1953. Other chairs in the throne room include pieces owned by George VI and Queen Elizabeth, as well as a chair which was designed for Queen Victoria in 1837.
The room is decorated in red, gold and white, with numerous portraits and sculptures of figures from Royal history providing a suitably regal backdrop for numerous Royal portraits. During your stay in Chelsea London, this is certainly a space not to be missed.
When the Royal Family need to impress, they only have to show guests the ballroom at Buckingham Palace. The space was completed in 1855 and once hosted numerous musical evenings. Today it is used primarily for state dinners, and includes two tapestries which are part of a series also used at Windsor Castle. There is an elaborate organ in the room which was bought in 1847 from Brighton Pavilion.
The Grand Staircase
This impressive staircase was designed by John Nash, and includes a number of Royal portraits on the way up and down the stairs. The staircase itself is gilded with gold, and makes for a suitably incredible entry to the state rooms themselves. Portraits include likenesses of Queen Victoria’s family, and provide an intriguing look at the not-so-distant Royal past.