The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent
space dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the
Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and
treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation.
Constructed forty years ago on the west front of
Buckingham Palace out of the bomb-damaged ruins of the
former private chapel, the Gallery has recently been
redeveloped. It was reopened by The Queen on 21 May 2002
and is now open to the public on a daily basis.
One of the finest working stables in existence, the Royal
Mews at Buckingham Palace provides a unique opportunity
for visitors to see the work of the Royal Household
department that provides road transport for The Queen and
members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage
and motor car.
The Royal Mews has a permanent display of State vehicles.
These include the magnificent Gold State Coach used for
Coronations and those carriages used for Royal and State
occasions, State Visits, weddings and the State Opening of
Parliament. A State motor vehicle is also usually on
display. For much of the year visitors to the Royal Mews
can also see the 30 or so carriage-horses which play an
important role in The Queen's official and ceremonial
Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen
and Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain
their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions.
During August and September when The Queen makes her
annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's nineteen state
rooms are open to visitors.
The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and
are lavishly furnished with some of the finest treasures
from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt,
Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto; sculpture by Canova;
exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the
finest English and French furniture in the world.
Other Things to See
The Palace's 42-acre garden is an oasis for wildlife, and
visitors can enjoy a garden walk that offers superb views
of the Garden Front of the Palace and the 19th-century
The 50th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II will be celebrated at this year's Summer Opening of
Buckingham Palace's State Rooms with the display of Her
Majesty's magnificent Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate,
and with the first public showing of the entire Coronation
frieze by Feliks Topolski (1909-1989), commissioned by HRH
The Duke of Edinburgh in 1960. The exhibition will use
contemporary television footage to evoke the atmosphere of
Coronation Day, 2 June 1953 - the day that heralded the
dawn of a 'New Elizabeth Era'.
This special voucher may be exchanged for admission to the
Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery and State Rooms. Please read
the notes below carefully.
-Vouchers will need to be exchanged at the Buckingham
Palace Road Shop (opposite the Royal Mews) prior to visit
from 12:00 on day of visit
-After ticket exchange as described above, visitors must
first visit the Royal Mews at 12:45, followed by the
Queen's Gallery at 14:00, followed by Buckingham Palace at
15:30. If however these timeslots are sold out when you
arrive then the you will be offered the next nearest
-Recommended durations: Royal Mews 1 hour, Queen's Gallery
1.5 hours, Buckingham Palace State Rooms 2 hours.
-Entrances to each element of the package are adjacent and
located in the above order.
-Buckingham Palace will remain open until 19:00 each day,
providing plenty of time for visitors to see the State
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the
British monarch since Queen Victoria ascended the throne
in 1837. It is placed at the end of the Mall, a wide
avenue leading from Trafalgar Square, and faces the
Victoria Memorial, a statue of Queen Victoria. A statue of
Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory, stands in
front of the palace in memory of Queen Victoria too. The
royal Banner is set on the roof when the monarch is in
residence, and the famous Changing of the guard takes
place in the palace forecourt every day from, April to
September and every other day from October to March. This
is perhaps the most popular happening which can be seen in
Buckingham Palace. Certain rooms are open to the public in
August and September while the Queen is not in residence.
Buckingham Palace was built by the Duke of Buckingham and
Normandy in 1703 and bought by George III in 1761,
although St James's Palace continued to be the official
royal residence until the accession of Queen Victoria. The
building, in neo-classical style, was remodeled by John
Nash in 1825. In 1856 a ballroom was added and in 1913 Sir
Aston Webb altered the East Front, which faces the Mall.
Marble Arch was the entrance to the palace until it was
moved to the north-eastern corner of Hyde Park in 1851.
The palace has about 600 rooms and is surrounded by 20
hectares of gardens. Some of the state apartments are open
to the public in July and August. The Queen's Gallery and
the Royal Mews on the south side of the palace are both
permanently open to the public. In the queen's Gallery,
annual exhibitions of paintings and works of art from the
Royal Collection are shown. In the Royal Mews state
coaches and carriages are displayed: among them is the
Gold State Coach, which was used at every coronation since
that of George IV in 1762. The stables, in which the
Windsor Grey and Cleveland Bay carriage horses are kept,
are also open to the public.
TO GET THERE
Green Park, St James Park. Rail: Charing Cross,
Victoria. Bus: 2B, 3, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 30, 36,
38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 509, 510.
Park; St. James's Park; Victoria Station
OF THE GUARD
Buckingham Palace - Guard Mounting takes
place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30
am, and lasts about 45 minutes. In April, May and
June 2003 it will take place every day. There
is no Guard Mounting in very wet weather.
Palace State Rooms. Open daily from 6 August to 4
October 1998. Tickets are available on the day or in
advance, from 09.00, at the ticket office in Green
Park. Admission Required.