London is a city rich with Royal heritage, and the most notable place for exploring what the monarchy means in 21st century Britain is without doubt Buckingham Palace. As the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, it regularly hosts a variety of different ceremonies and celebrations, as well as hosting visiting dignitaries from all over the world. Each summer, the palace opens its doors for the summer, providing a closer look at the magnificent State Rooms – here’s a few of the places you must see during your visit…
White Drawing Room
This room provides a space for the Royal Family to entertain guests on state occasions, and is perhaps the most striking of all the State Rooms. During your visit to a Bed and Breakfast in Paddington, it’s hard not to be struck by the detail found everywhere you look, and the white and gold adornments make for particularly impressive viewing.
You may have seen this room featured in Royal portraits, and the centrepiece of the room is the two throne chairs, known better as the Chairs of Estate, which played a pivotal role in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The room also features chairs designed for the coronation ceremony of King George VI, and a chair which was made for Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1837. The room was designed by John Nash, with sweeping arches and dramatic red décor which make for a suitably opulent visiting experience while staying at hotels in Paddington.
One of the largest of the State Rooms, the Buckingham Palace ballroom was built in 1855, and includes a gallery for musicians. It is rarely used for parties today, but instead provides a staging ground for state banquets and special events. The room has two thrones, used for King Edward VII’s coronation ceremony in 1902. There are many statues around the room, as well as a triumphal arch. If you’re eager to learn more about royal life during your visit to The Devonshire Hotel London, this is a fantastic space to see up-close.
In this room, visitors will find some of the major paintings featured in the Royal Collection. The items on display are on a regular rotation, but include many 17th century pieces as well as works by the likes of Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian.
This staircase provides the entrance to the State Rooms, and was inspired by the world of theatre to provide visitors with a sense of wonder and excitement. There are lots of portraits of the Royal Family past and present along the walls of the staircase, and the rooms which follow are sure to provide plenty to discuss over dinner at restaurants near Paddington Station.
A stroll through the palace gardens makes the ideal end to your trip to Buckingham Palace, with 16-hectares to explore. Here you will find a tennis court, rose garden, cafe and much more. The Buckingham Palace garden is most recognisable as the place where the Queen hosts a yearly garden party.