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State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

During summer Buckingham Palace's doors are opened to the public, providing access to the State Rooms. Highlights include gifts the Queen has received on behalf of her subjects, like Salvador Dalí­ drawings and an embroidered silk scarf from Nelson Mandela.

The palace has been the official London residence of the monarch since Queen Victoria moved there in 1837. It was built on the site of what was originally Buckingham House, purchased by King George III as a private residence. George IV initiated the development of the building into a royal palace upon his coronation in 1820, hiring architect John Nash to add to the existing structure.

The State Rooms are examples of Nash's addition to the existing buildings, while the ballroom was built according to the orders of Queen Victoria. An exhibition of the various honours and investitures bestowed by the Queen is on display in the ballroom.

The State Rooms are open every year from July to September and entry is by timed ticket only, though visitors may take as long as they like to admire the architecture and the items from the Royal Collection on display. The Palace recommends that guests allow two-and-a-half hours to visit.

The White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace State Rooms, London. Photo by Derry Moore, The Royal Collection © 2010 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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When: Jul - Sep 2013 (annual)

Where: London

Cost: £17; concessions £15.50; 5-17s £9.75; under 5s free

Opening Hours:

Address: London, SW1A 1AA

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