Visiting Buckingham Palace is something to do at least once in a lifetime. This summer, the official residence of Her Majesty Elizabeth II opens to the public with a special surprise - for the first time, it will be possible to visit, in total freedom, the magnificent gardens of the Palace, an exclusive oasis in the heart of London inhabited by 325 species of wild plants, 30 different types of birds and over one-thousand trees. An irresistible landscape awaits visitors with a maze of trails winding among centuries-old sycamore trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the rose garden, the scenic Horse Chestnut Avenue and the lake with the island that hosts the bees of Buckingham Palace. Set in a frame of plush green, the home of the Queen is ready to reveal its treasures to the public. By booking a guided tour, it’s possible to visit the prestigious State Room, where Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family receive guests during official events and ceremonies. Precious porcelain and antique furniture, sculptures by Canova, paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto furnish the 19 environs where history pervades the very air - the Throne Room with its sumptuous seats used for coronations and the stunning Ballroom, for instance, theatre to banquets and investitures.