As one of the few working palaces remaining in the world, Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the entire Royal Household.
The Summer Opening will grant visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. You will be able to see paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Canaletto, alongside sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, and some of the finest French furniture in the world.
This year, the Summer Opening will also include a special exhibition called "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration", which will showcase a number of The Queen's personal jewels.
The tour will take the form an audio guide, and guests will be led through the Grand Entrance, Grand Staircase, Guard Room, Throne Room, Picture Gallery, Silk Tapestry Room, Ball Supper Room, Ballroom, State Dining Room, Blue Drawing Room, Music Room, White Drawing Room, Marble Hall, Bow Room and parts of the garden.
There will also be an opportunity to take refreshments in the cafe overlooking the landscaped gardens.
[Note: The Summer Opening this year will be split between 30 June/8 July and 31 July/7 October.]