Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.
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 19 state rooms are open to visitors.
THE STATE ROOMS form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including:
- Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto
- Sculpture by Canova
- Exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain
- Some of the finest English and French furniture
Buckingham Palace Photographer: Derry Moore Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Special Exhibition 2013
The Queen’s Coronation 1953
Saturday, 27 July – Sunday, 29 September 2013
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in 20th century British history – the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To mark the anniversary of the event, a major exhibition for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace will bring together for the first time since Coronation Day, a spectacular array of dress, uniform and robes worn by the principal royal party. Works of art, paintings and objects used on the day will also be on display to recreate the atmosphere of that extraordinary occasion.
This is a timed entry event for 11:00am.
We suggest between 2 - 2½ hours viewing time to make the most of your visit.