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Buckingham Palace - Summer Opening

Buckingham Palace

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS YEAR, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will be open to the public from July 23 to October 3, 2011.

Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions. During August and September when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace’s nineteen state rooms are open to visitors.

The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection – paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

The Palace’s 39-acre garden is an oasis for wildlife, and visitors can enjoy a garden walk that offers superb views of the Garden Front of the Palace and the 19th-century lake.

The special exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in 2011, Royal Fabergé, brings together masterpieces by Carl Fabergé.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, will also be on display during the annual Summer Opening – as will the shoes, earrings and Halo Tiara worn by The Duchess.

A complimentary audio tour provides a lively introduction to centuries of royal history and includes interviews with Royal Household staff about the working Palace and the works of art on display.

Find out more about the history of Buckingham Palace and how it is used today on the British Monarchy Website

Buckingham Palace, London, SW1W 0EJ