Buckingham Palace State Rooms Tour | Royal Collection Trust

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State Room Tour at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is recognized around the world as the home of The Queen, the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony.

Each year during the Queen’s annual holiday to Balmoral, Scotland from August to September and a few select dates in the winter and spring, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors. 

The State Rooms are the public rooms in the Palace where The Queen and members of the Royal Family receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions.   The rooms are laid out as they are during State visits.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Open for Public Tours

The Queen first opened Buckingham Palace for public tours in 1993 following the fire at Windsor Castle to help pay for the multi-million dollar repairs.  I was lucky enough to be in London in 1993 and was able to go on one of the tours during the August to September time period that the palace first opened.  I remember waiting in line for hours with hundreds of others anticipating our first look inside of the historic palace.

There are a total of 19 State Rooms.  Many of the State Rooms have a specific purpose to this day.  The Throne Room is used by The Queen for court ceremonies and official entertaining and was the setting for the wedding photos of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The White Drawing Room might be the grandest of all the State Rooms, it serves as a royal reception room for The Queen and members of the Royal Family to gather before official occasions.


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Queen Victoria’s Throne, part of the special exhibition ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ at this year’s Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace 20 July – 29 September 2019. For use only in connection to the exhibition, not to be archived or sold on. Image credit Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

Highlights of the State Room Tour

White Drawing Room

Blue Drawing Room

Green Drawing Room

Throne Room

Picture Gallery


Grand Staircase

Royal Garden

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The State Dining Room at the special exhibition ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’, part of a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.
Credit: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

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The State Dining Room at the special exhibition ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’, part of a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.
Credit: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.


Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to take photos while on the tour inside of the staterooms at Buckingham Palace.  Pictures are allowed in the Palace Gardens at the end of the tour.

One of my favorite parts about the tour is the backdrop picture of the Royal Family that visitors can take a picture with to make it look like you were actually there with them (well, almost).

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Photo with the Royals

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Buckingham Palace State Room Tour Tips

  • At the entrance of the tour, you will pass through an airport-style security check.  Make sure not to bring large items. You can store your personal items in a bin and retrieve them at the end of the tour.
  • Allow 2-2½ hours for your visit.
  • Included with your ticket is an audio guide that details the history of each room.
  • Prebook your ticket.  There is a timed admission system operating in 15-minute time slots. This is the time you select when purchasing your ticket.
  • Arrive at the entry time printed on your ticket and not earlier.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as the end of the tour includes a half-mile walk through the Royal Garden to the exit.

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About Royal Collection Trust

Royal Collection Trust looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world, and manages the public opening of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. These include Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews, Clarence House and The Queen’s Gallery in London; Windsor Castle and Frogmore House in Windsor; the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh.

Through their work, from exhibitions and learning programs to publications and retail products, they aim to ensure that the Royal Collection and Palaces are valued and enjoyed by everyone.

Royal Collection Trust is a registered charity and income generated through admissions and other commercial activity funds the care and conservation of the Royal Collection and the promotion of access to and enjoyment of the Collection through exhibitions, publications, loans, and educational programs.

Their work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.

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9 Comments. Leave new

  • Wow! I had no idea that they open the State Rooms at the Buckingham Palace to visitors. I hope we get lucky to have the opportunity to visit and have an available date that can fit into our schedule. I am really excited to know this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Blairvillanueva
    October 23, 2019 2:13 pm

    Thanks for letting us know this worthy tour. When I finally reach London, I will never skip this place. Very opulent!

  • Buckingham Palace!!! thank you so much for touring us inside.
    Would definitely visit this place as it is in my bucket list. 🙂

  • Melanie williams
    October 23, 2019 8:50 am

    We have done all the London tourist things…Buck palace is fab. Looks like you had a wonderful time too x

  • Dalene Ekirapa
    October 23, 2019 7:58 am

    Buckingham Palace is really an astounding travel spot around the world; so a tour sounds just perfect! It’s so amazing that the palace was actually opened to the public- actually that would inspire luxury and edgy living as I love it. The rooms are splendid!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    October 21, 2019 10:33 pm

    How wonderful! I have always been fascinated with the Buckingham Palace and all its pomp and splendor. You were so fortunate to be able to go and tour its state rooms! Thanks for sharing the photos. BTW, love that shirt too!

  • This is such a beautiful historical place to visit. Thank you for making me visiting this through your post.

  • I’ve been to London so often but never took a Buckingham Palace Tour – just saw it from the outside. Next time I’m going I’ll make sure to join one – it’s definitely something you should do to make your England-trip complete.

  • I love seeing palaces and castles. I never had the chance to get inside Buckingham when we used to live in London but my mom and dad did. My father, a defence attache then, and they came in to meet the Queen and Prince Charles.

    My mom had such a fascinating story about it because she when the other “ladies” of the delegation rushed forward to meet Prince Charles, he noticed my mom was left at the back and so he said, “And the lady at the back?” HAHAHA. She never really liked him, but she felt like some kind of princess, she said.


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