My family and I spent an afternoon at Buckingham Palace. Here is what I thought...
We started our visit with a really cool audio guide, which takes you around the spectacular rooms of the palace and tells you a lot of facts. We did a lot of walking and it did take a long time, but the palace was exquisitely decorated and there was always something to look at. I loved this, as it was a lot of fun to do something different to normal .
I loved the throne room, as it was incredible to see the real throne that the Queen has sat on. The colour scheme was beautiful and I was surprised to know that many famous royal couples' wedding photographs (such as William and Kate) were taken there. Did you know that Queen Victoria sometimes used this room as a ballroom?
I was extremely interested to find out about the design and architecture of the Palace - especially the work of John Nash, who doubled the size by adding a new suite of rooms on the garden side. The picture gallery was amazing - so many pictures and loads of additional information. We probably spent about twenty minutes in there and (although it was great) Robert and I had to beg our parents to move into the next rooms!
The most exciting part of our visit was the special exhibition on the Queen's coronation. This consisted of many things, such as a film about the preparations, how the ceremony actually worked and - most importantly - a whole room full of real things from the day. These included: invitations, jewellery, hats and the stunning dresses and robes worn by the Queen when she was crowned.
The palace also has lots of things to do for kids, such as a children's audio guide which Robert used, a room full of things to colour and create and a difficult trail which takes you around the gardens.
Overall, I had a fabulous time at Buckingham Palace and I recommend it to everyone aged 8+. It really lets you appreciate the beauty and wonder of this magnificent building.
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We have shared this post with Gretta Schifano on her Family Days post (this week written by Kate from London with a toddler).
Labels: Buckingham Palace, days out in London, London landmarks