Take a Peek Inside Queen Elizabeth's Buckingham Palace Residence
It has been a long day. You're the Queen, after all. While us regular folks kick off our shoes and relax on our couch or with a book and a drink on the porch, the Queen unwinds from her busy days in the grand setting of home sweet Buckingham Palace.
If you've ever wondered what these majestic digs are like, get prepared to go inside, even if you can't make it to London. The 775-room building has been the official London residence of the United Kingdom's sovereigns since 1837, and Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip live in the property's private quarters. (Typically, they spend their weeknights at Buckingham Palace and weekends and about a month around Easter at Windsor Castle. In the summer, they retreat to Balmoral Castle in Scotland.)
Currently, Buckingham Palace is undergoing a massive renovation project, which is expected to take 10 years total from the time of its announcement in 2016 and cost $482 million. Thankfully, the royal family's social media accounts and YouTube channel have given us fans across the pond glimpses inside the palace, including the East Wing, which houses 3,000+ works of art, and the Principal Corridor, where the Centre Room is located, which extends to the historic balcony, the famous terrace you've likely seen in many special royal family photo opps.
During the renovation process, art students from The Creative Dimension Trust have been able to make their mark on this historic residence, sketching designs, working on carved flowers, repainting design flourishes, and more, for the state rooms of Buckingham Palace. See them working below.
To learn more about the impressive technical feats that go into undertaking this project, check out our article on how architects are using a laser scan to map out the palace in exquisite detail to help with the palace's redesign here.
Have you ever visited Buckingham Palace and toured the beautiful grounds and interiors? We're definitely looking forward to planning a trip in the near future to see it for ourselves. What about you?