If you’ve always wanted to visit Buckingham Palace, but haven’t been able to make it to London during the fleeting two-month window when the Queen heads to her Scottish estate of Balmoral and flings open the royal doors to the public, then the newest web feature from the British royals is a must-see.
Thanks to modern technology, you can now make a virtual visit to four notable stops on the standard tour of Buckingham Palace – the Grand Staircase, the Throne Room, the Blue Drawing Room and the White Drawing Room.
Throughout the year, special guests and royal visitors ascend the Grand Staircase when visiting the palace for a reception or investiture. This ornate, gold-trimmed set of steps, topped with an intricate domed skylight, was designed for George IV by architect John Nash.
On the second level guests can peek inside the red-and-gold Throne Room, which features special seating for the Queen and Prince Philip. Each of the luxurious red chairs bares the initials of its royal owner, having been designed by White Allom & Co. in a 17th-century style for the coronation in 1953. This room is typically used for important occasions such as the Queen's Jubilees in 1997 and 2002.
The stop is the Blue Drawing Room, formerly called the South Drawing Room. With it's marble pillars and large framed portraits, this space is used to host large parties and diplomatic occasions.
Last, the White Drawing Room, which surprisingly features dominant yellow hues, may seem the most familiar. With its detailed fireplace and sparkling chandelier, this palace pride and joy is often featured as the backdrop in formal portraits of the Royal Family.