Visit Buckingham Palace in London England

EDIT September 8, 2022 – Surreal to be in Buckingham Palace to write this blog post, then watch the news unfold of the Queen’s passing in the afternoon. To be standing in the Blue Drawing Room hours before King Charles III gave his speech is a surreal and momentous part of history. I am grateful to the Royal Collection Trust for this opportunity.

Rest In Peace Your Majesty🙏💔

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence [now the King’s] and a working royal palace. I’ve visited the exterior of Buckingham Palace many times in the past and it’s been on my bucket list to visit the interior. The Buckingham Palace and State Room Tour was especially interesting since I was able to catch the limited Platinum Jubilee display. 

things to do in london: visit buckingham palace

When Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, she moved into one of the most iconic residences in the world and began her life of service to the Commonwealth.

Buckingham palace - rear lawn
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

I vividly remember the Queen visiting my hometown for her Silver Jubilee in 1977. I proudly wore my red, white and blue cherry dress that my mum had handmade for me. I imagine anyone who’s crossed paths with the Royal Family will also hold those memories fondly.

buckingham palace - royal family
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

If you love history, this fascinating Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession display shares the first official portraits of the Queen and personal jewels from her magnificent collection.

Buckingham palace - blue drawing room
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

The walk through history is well explained with the included audio guide, allowing you to move at your own pace. Highlights include the Throne Room, The White Drawing Room, The Blue Drawing Room, The Ballroom and The Grand Staircase.

things to do in London: visit buckingham palace
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

No photos are allowed once you are inside, and there’s the security of an airport when you enter. However, the charming and friendly staff are on-hand to help things run smoothly. The grandeur of the interiors, the history, and the royal pageantry are on full display. After the tour you can browse the Palace gardens or stay for a bite to eat at the Buckingham Palace Garden Cafe located on the West Terrace.

enjoying the gardens of Bucking Palace after my tour

Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the world and very much worth a visit the next time you are in London. It’s advisable to book ahead since spaces are limited and you can book your ticket through the Royal Collection Trust here.

royal collection trust buckingham palace tour

I recommend stopping at Buckingham Palace if you only have 2 days to spend in London. If you’re there for longer, try to take the interior tour. You’ll need to plan to make reservations, but if you love British history, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

Another great London-area Royal residence, Windsor Castle, is also a worthwhile experience.

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I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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