Inside The Secret Rooms Of Buckingham’s Palace

The world has watched Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family from the front pages of newspapers and magazines and waved to them from the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The history alone creates mystery and awe from fans. The official London residence for the Queen and her family has been in existence since 1837. Queen Elizabeth II took the throne in 1953.

In the summer, the State Rooms in the palace are open to the public for tours and according to Royal, more than 50,000 people visit as guests to State banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties, however, much of the Queen’s home is off limits.

Hello! recently compared Buckingham Palace with the White House, reporting the palace to be 15 times larger than the U.S. President’s residence. The most expensive home in Europe at an estimated 1.5 billion includes 775 rooms: 19 State Rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

Some rooms are dedicated to the Queens convenience and safety. For example, visitors would find a post office, chapel, doctors office and cinema. It’s reported the Queen’s $1,500 corgi’s have a room to themselves.

However, many of the 775 rooms include specific and unique purposes as well as historical significance and décor.

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The Richest YouTube channel recently took viewers on a tour of the ultra-luxurious interior of one of the most famous residences in the world.

The Grand Staircase

The first thing visitors see when walking into the palace is a magnificent, red carpet lined staircase, added by Queen Victoria in 1898. Portraits of the royal family line the walls so visitors can view history as they make their way toward the State Rooms.

The Yellow Drawing Room

Buckingham Palace recently renovated this room to the tune of $360 million pounds. Prior to renovations, the royal family Instagram account shared a short video, showcasing the original wallpaper (a first of its time), selected by King George. The wallpaper was removed for conservation.

The Regency Room

Fans have surely seen this green and gold room with tassel trim sofas, a desk and traditional fireplace. The famous room is often where the Queen’s official photos are taken and the annual Christmas broadcast is filmed.

State Ballroom

Used since 1856, the ballroom has extremely high ceilings and dark red carpet with famous art surrounding the 120 by 60-foot-long banquet tables. On one end of the ballroom, is the official seating for the queen on her throne under a canopy of luxurious fabric. The room is most often used for banquets and investiture ceremonies.

The 1844 Room

This room is one of the 19 State rooms and often used to greet special guests and world leaders. With marble columns and gold mirrors, perhaps most notable is the 1820 neo-classical desk against one wall and the blue and gold chairs on either side.

The Music Room

Just as one would expect, the music room is home to $175,000 grand piano. However, the room also carries more significance since it’s been the setting for special family events such as the christenings of Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince William.

The White Drawing Room

Another room often used to entertain guests and the backdrop to some of the royal family’s official photos, the gold furniture, two, $1,000 chandeliers and expensive artwork could make anyone feel intimidated. In fact, according to HELLO!, the Queen enters the room through a hidden door, disguised as a mirror and cabinet before welcoming guests.

Outside

Of course, a visit to Buckingham Palace wouldn’t be complete without watching the changing of the guard, a tradition beginning in 1911. The Queen also welcomes more than 30,000 visitors to her summer garden parties, located in the back of the palace. The gardens include 350 different types of wildflowers, 200 trees and a three-acre lake on more than 39 acres.

One more top-secret feature of the palace – the series of tunnels underneath the property. One, reportedly even leads to the House of Parliament.

Unique Finds

With an estimated net worth of $350 million pounds, the Queen owns some amazing collections. In her wardrobe, one would find her 1953 Coronation gown and the 1947 wedding dress, each valued at $1 million.

In the recently renovated Clarence House, visitors are able to view 20,000 works of 20th century art pieces with an estimated value of $10 billion pounds. The Queen also own a stamp collection worth $100 million pounds.

According to Veranda, the Royal family currently owns 26 homes in London and around the world.

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Sources: HELLO! , The Richest You Tube, Veranda, Royal

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