Buckingham Palace Opens the Fabulous State Rooms to the Public

Buckingham Palace Opens the Fabulous State Rooms to the Public
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With the arrival of summer, Buckingham Palace welcomes visitors in the esclusive State Rooms, the rooms which, since 1825, have been the stage of the public life of the Royal Family. The expression of the tastes of King George IV and the celebrated architect John Nash, the 19 rooms are furnished with some of the greatest treasures of the English Crown: paintings by Tiziano, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, sculptures by Antonio Canova, porcelains by Sèvres, as well as both French and English cabinetworks that are counted among the most precious in the world. A visit to the State room is a stunning walk through history and art, but also an incursion into one of the few European Royal palaces still in use. Some of the salons still have quite active and specific functions - such as the White Drawing Room, for example, where the Royal Family gathers before official occasions, or the immense Ballroom, a marvel of red and gold which hosts banquets and investitures. The Picture Gallery, meanwhile, is full of Italian, Flemish and Dutch masterpieces and is one of the Royal’s favourite places to receive guests. However, the most emblematic places in the Palace are probably the scenographic Grand Staircase and the Throne Room, scarlet masterpiece of Nash, where you’ll find the seats used for the coronations of Elizabeth II, her father George VI and Queen Victoria. The visit includes the exhibition Prince and Patron, offering works chosen from the Royal Collection by Prince Charles himself and ends with a stroll through the Palace’s beautiful gardens: 16 hectares of lawns, trees and rose bushes which are often the backdrop for the Queen’s summer function. And for those wishing to truly explore the Palace grounds that, in May, hosted the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there is a full-day tour which includes a visit to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London