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A Royal Welcome

at Buckingham Palace

Footman checking preparations for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

  • Daily (Friday, 24 Jul 2015 - Sunday, 27 Sep 2015)

Experience A Royal Welcome at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.

Last year the Royal Family welcomed more than 62,000 guests to Buckingham Palace, at State Visits, receptions, Garden Parties, Investitures and private audiences. This year, displays throughout the State Rooms recreate the settings for these occasions, including the Palace Ballroom, which is transformed for a State Banquet with glittering silver-gilt from George IV's Grand Service.

Find out how people are welcomed to Buckingham Palace and what goes on behind-the-scenes to create the magic and magnificence of a State Visit – from the dresses designed, to the ingredients and porcelain chosen for a State Banquet.

For the first time ever, visitors to the Summer Opening will enter the State Rooms through the Grand Entrance, used by those who come to the Palace at the invitation of The Queen, including Heads of State and Prime Ministers.

(image © Press Association)

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Map & directions

Visitor entrance (Gate C) is on the south side of the Palace, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.