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Top 10 highlights for children

Learn more about some of the highlights of Buckingham Palace for families and children. On the day remember to pick up a free family multimedia guide and meet Rex, a very special corgi, who is one of the guides. Don't forget children under-5 get free entry. 

Throne Room

Throne Room ©

The Throne Room

There are three royal thrones in the Throne Room. See if you can work out who sat on each one. There’s one that’s smaller than the others - because the woman it was made for - Queen Victoria - wasn’t very tall.

Today, the Throne Room forms a grand background for official photographs, including the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011.

The Ballroom

You can’t miss the room where Queen Victoria threw parties for 2,000 people. For this year's special exhibition we've transformed part of the ballroom back to how it looked in Queen Victoria's time when she used it for balls and parties. The Ballroom is the largest room in the Palace - big enough to hold 84 double-decker buses. Nowadays The Queen uses this room to host state banquets when there is an official visit by a head of state, for example a king or queen from another country. 

White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace ©

White Drawing Room

The Queen arrives in the State Rooms through a hidden door from her private apartments. See if you can spot the door in the White Drawing Room when you visit. The large painting above the fireplace in this room shows Queen Alexandra. She was wife of Edward VII  - who was Queen Victoria's eldest son.

Marble Hall

Mars and Venus in the Marble Hall ©

Marble Hall

There are many statues in the Marble Hall. Have a look at the sculpture at the bottom of the stairs. It’s by a famous sculptor called Canova. The statue shows the Roman god of war - Mars, with Venus, goddess of love. The statue is over 2 metres tall and was carved them from a single block of marble. See if you can spot 2 other statues carved by the same person in this room.

Green Drawing Room

Green Drawing Room ©

The Green Drawing Room

You'll see this room after you've climbed the Grand Staircase near the start of your visit to Buckingham Palace. On one of the walls there’s a painting of George III’s three youngest daughters. Princess Mary is playing with her 2-year-old sister – Princess Amelia. How many animals can you spot in the painting?

The Picture Gallery

This space was built for George IV to show off his collection of paintings. See if you can find the painting of Agatha Bas. The artist, Rembrandt, painted an imaginary frame so it looks like she’s just about to step out of the painting.

Music Room

Music Room ©

Music Room

When you’re in the Music Room look carefully at the tall dark blue columns. If they were made of stone they would have been very heavy. But the secret is they are actually a type of plaster that is blended so the swirls of colours look like stone – in this case a blue stone called lapis lazuli. This is a technique known as scagliola. (pronounced scah-lee-o-la). In the past more of the rooms in the Palace had columns made to look like different types of stone, but most of them have been painted over now.

ceiling

Symbols in the Music Room ceiling ©

Remember to look up

Many of the State Rooms have amazing decorated and gilded ceilings that are easy to miss if you don’t stop and look up occasionally (just make sure you aren’t in other people’s way at the time). In the Music Room the ceiling is decorated with rose, shamrock and thistle - the national emblems for England, Ireland and Scotland. 

Clock in Buckingham Palace

Can you find this clock in the State Dining Room? ©

How many clocks can you spot?

There are 500 clocks at Buckingham Palace of all shapes and sizes, reflecting changing fashions over the centuries and the tastes and interests of successive monarchs. Among them are musical clocks, organ clocks, astronomical clocks and mechanical clocks. When the clocks change in spring and autumn it takes over 50 hours for the horologists (people who look after clocks) to update them all in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Buckingham Palace garden

Buckingham Palace garden ©

Buckingham Palace Garden

Did you know the gardens at Buckingham Palace are a huge 16 hectares (that’s about 16 rugby pitches or 16 Trafalgar Squares all lined up next to each other). It’s hard to imagine a garden that large in the centre of such a busy city isn’t it?

The Queen’s garden is visited by 40,000 guests each year at The Queen’s Garden Parties as well as lots of wildlife – including birds, fish and insects. Look out for some of them and their different habitats using our garden trail (one of our helpful Wardens can give you a copy before you walk down the garden path). The trail also tells the story of some of the exciting events that have occurred in the garden.