Visit Buckingham Palace, one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, in London this summer.
Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms, containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. Highlights include:
- Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude
- Sculpture by Canova and Chantrey
- Exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain
- Some of the finest English and French furniture in the world
Every year, Buckingham Palace's summer opening features a special exhibition. In 2013 the exhibition marked the 60th anniversary of The Queen's coronation in 1953 with the palace's ballroom transformed into the largest-ever exhibition about this historic event.
This year offers a glimpse into the childhoods of the royals, with the Royal Childhood exhibit. As well as a look at the newest arrival, Prince George, there is a focus on the formative years of other members of the Royal Family through their toys, outfits and previously unseen images.
Bringing together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family, this exhibition spans 250 years of life as a young royal.
If a trip to Buckingham Palace is not traditional enough, why not combine a visit to the Queen's residence with an afternoon tea at a nearby hotel?