Buckingham Palace is currently the working headquarters of the monarchy where the Queen carries out all her ceremonial and official duties. Being one among the few working royal palaces, this place is open to people for almost 20 hours every day during the summer.
The State Rooms
Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms within, which is further divided into 19 state rooms, and 78 bathrooms. State Rooms are nothing but lavishly furnished and decorated public rooms where the monarchy receives and rewards her visitors. One can take a tour around these state rooms to see the rooms lined with beautiful candelabras, damask wallpapers, marble columns, rich carpets, graceful sculpture, and artworks.
The staircase, or the grand staircase, to be precise is one of the main attractions of Buckingham Palace. Designed by architect John Nash, the majestic bronze staircase would make anyone's eyes twinkle. Some of the world's finest bronze sculpted work can be seen on this staircase, including the double balustrade features, the intricate pattern of acanthus oak, and laurel leaves.
The Throne Room
On certain occasions, this room is also used as the ballroom. One could see this throne room as the backdrop of some ceremonial wedding, including that of the Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh.
The garden in the Buckingham Palace extends up to 39 acres. The garden is home to a plethora of wild flowers and trees. The garden also holds within three-acre lake, which would be hard to see anywhere other than in the palace.
Garden Cafe, and Garden Shop
On the west terrace of the Buckingham Palace, is a tranquil garden cafe. The cafe offers a range of light refreshments including coffee, tea, pastries, and sandwiches. During the summer, the garden shop unfurls itself with a range of souvenirs, and gifts created for the royal collection.
Whether you are a first timer or a palace affectionate person, Buckingham Palace provides you with an exquisite experience that makes people want to visit this place often.