Tourists to get 'A Royal Welcome' at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London. Image by Heather Cowper / CC BY 2.0

Tourists in London are set to experience a right royal welcome to Buckingham Palace this summer - making them feel almost like visiting heads of state.

Foreign dignitaries enter the palace through the state rooms which visitors, once they pay, can do under a new summer opening exhibition (from 25 July to 27 September).

This year it is dubbed ‘A Royal Welcome’ reports the Evening Standard, allowing visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal to see how royal hospitality works.

Part of the visit will explain how the Palace entertains the 62,000 guests who come as part of state banquets, investitures, private audiences and garden parties.

The ballroom will be set up for a state banquet during visits while a film will also explain during its showing how the grand room is transformed for elaborate banquets.

Visitors will also see a variety of preparations that the Palace has become famous for including the red leather seating planner and glittering jewellery worn by the Queen at state banquets. The exhibition also highlights the knighting stool and knighting sword used by the Queen to confer knighthoods at investitures.

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