Great Morning at the Palace

Buckingham Palace

This morning I went to visit the State Rooms and the Gardens at Buckingham Palace with a group of women from the Canadian Women Club of London. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed inside or during the garden tour. I was only able to take a couple of pictures outside in the main garden area of the palace. By the way, her garden is 39 acres…downtown London, can you imagine the value of the land alone?

I recently read an article in The Times stating that Buckingham Palace will soon undergo a £150m reno but I must say, I did not think the place was in bad shape.

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Then again the palace is pretty big and I have not seen all of it;

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.

But what I did see was very impressive. From the grand entrance, reading room, music room, to the banquet and dinning rooms, etc… all is meticulously kept.

Same thing goes for the gardens. They are kept by 8 royal gardeners and are pristine.

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No one allowed on the lawn.

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The back of the palace where I enjoyed a nice latte.

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Can’t remember the name of this room but I remember that inside this rotunda is where they used to celebrate the royal christenings.

I have now visited all palaces in London (Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and Tower of London) and for me, Buckingham Palace is the nicest.

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