Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world today. Each summer when the Palace is not being used in its official capacity, visitors can enjoy the 19 magnificent State Rooms that provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining.
Visitors to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace between 22 July and 2 October 2022 will see the special display Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession, which will feature the first official portraits of The Queen, taken by Dorothy Wilding, alongside items of Her Majesty's personal jewellery worn for the portrait sittings.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952. Just 20 days later, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding. In 1937 Wilding had become the first official female royal photographer when she was appointed to take the portraits at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother). The series of photographs that Wilding took of The Queen in 1952 became known around the world, forming the basis of The Queen's image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty that was sent to every British embassy throughout the world.
Visitors to the Buckingham Palace display will also see the magnificent Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, later Queen Mary, on the occasion of her marriage to the future King George V in 1893. Queen Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present for her marriage to Prince Philip on 20 November 1947.
The Royal Mews is a unique part of Britain's heritage. Built in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in the early 19th century, it remains home to the horse-drawn carriages and motor cars that transport the Royal Family to this day. The Mews is also one of the finest working stables still in existence, and is responsible for the training of the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the royal carriages, some of which can be seen during a visit.
State vehicles are housed and maintained at the Royal Mews, and include the carriages used for occasions such as State Visits and royal weddings. Among the historic coaches and carriages on display are the spectacular Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which was first used to convey Her Majesty The Queen to the State Opening of Parliament in 2014, and the Australian State Coach, which was given to Her Majesty as a gift from the Australian people, and even includes central heating! The most dazzling of all is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022.
THE STATE ROOMS & ROYAL MEWS BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Booking Period: 22 July - 2 October 2022
Admission Times:Thursday - Monday 1.30pm Royal Mews entry, 2.30pm State Rooms entry