The Queen and Prince Philip’s home is 15x bigger than the White House
Buckingham Palace has served as the Queen’s main royal residence since Queen Victoria decided to renovate the previously vacant property in 1837. Like the White House in Washington, it acts as the administrative headquarters for the nations’ leaders, but Buckingham Palace is over 15 times bigger than the White House.
In total, it spans a mammoth 829,000 square feet compared to 55,000 at the White House, and features 775 rooms while the White House has 132.
Nonetheless, both properties feature similar state rooms, while the former Queen extended Buckingham Palace to add further iconic touches, including the famous balcony at the front of the palace where the royal family often gather for Trooping the Colour and to celebrate occasions such as royal weddings.
Here, we’ve rounded up the very best photos of the 775 rooms inside, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 188 bedrooms for the household staff. Take a look…
:The Picture Gallery
Designed by architect John Nash as part of George IV’s transformation of Buckingham Palace in the 1820s, the 47-metre picture gallery was designed to display the King’s art collection, but he didn’t live to see it completed.
Pieces from this gallery have been moved to the Queen’s Gallery and will be on display from 4 December – 21 December 2020.
The Yellow Drawing Room
The official royal family Instagram account previously shared a photo of the yellow drawing room.
The post showed a short video in which the wallpaper, an antique first bought by King George, in the drawing room was removed for conservation purposes.
The Principal Corridor
The royal family Twitter account showed a before and after photo of the Principal Corridor, which leads on to the Balcony, after removing all items ahead of renovation.
The post said that the move had included over 3,000 pieces of art.
The Private Audience Room
If you’re lucky enough to be invited for a private audience with the Queen, it will be held at this stunning room within Buckingham Palace.
With pale blue walls and dark wooden flooring it has a more modern feel than some of the other rooms, and Her Majesty’s family photographs can often be seen on display in the background as she greets her guests.
The Regency Room
This beautiful room has featured in many of the Queen’s official photographs and Christmas broadcasts.
The Regency Room has a green and gold colour scheme, with tassel trim sofas, a desk and traditional fireplace.
One of the most iconic parts of Buckingham Palace is the balcony, which sits on the front of the residence and is used by the royals at special events including Trooping the Colour and royal weddings.
The Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests each year to her summer garden parties, located within the sprawling garden at the back of Buckingham Palace.
The gardens cover 39 acres and contain more than 350 types of wildflowers, around 200 trees, and a three-acre lake.
The Grand Staircase
One of the first things visitors see when entering the Palace is the Grand Staircase, which leads towards the State Rooms upstairs.
Red carpet lines the stairs, while historic portraits of members of the royal family are mounted on the walls, providing a dramatic first impression.
The Palace Ballroom
This breathtaking ballroom is the setting for state banquets, and boasts high ceilings, bold red carpets and huge artworks hanging on the walls.
The ballroom is also used for investiture ceremonies, carried out by the Queen and other senior royals including the Duke of Cambridge.
The 1844 Room
One of 19 State rooms in the palace, the 1844 Room is often used by Her Majesty when she hosts audiences with world leaders and other prestigious guests.
The grand room has lavish marble columns and gold mirrors hanging on the walls, with traditional patterned rugs and blue and gold chairs.
:The Music Room
While it is known as The Music Room and houses a piano, The Music Room at Buckingham Palace has actually been the setting for some historic royal events, including the christenings of Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince William.
The Throne Room
Perhaps one of the most iconic rooms in Buckingham Palace, the Throne Room has been used for everything from balls and investitures to the official wedding photos after Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding.
The White Drawing Room
This intimate State Room is regularly used by the Queen for small gatherings and audiences.
You may also recognise the room from some of Her Majesty’s Christmas broadcasts and formal family photographs.
The Queen enters the room via a hidden door disguised as a mirror and cabinet before receiving guests, the royal family website confirms.