Normally the gates of Buckingham Palace are closed tight to sightseers, leaving us to gape at red clad guards and wonder just what goes on behind that magnificent gateway. For the first time ever during March and April, a limited number of visitors will have the chance to step through the iron barriers and enter Buckingham Palace for a privately guided tour.
During March and April, (when the Palace is not open to the general public) guided tours will be offered through 19 magnificent State Rooms. An expert guide will reveal insights into the history and use of these gilded, glittering rooms. Visitors can view famous masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, and Canaletto while marveling at the exquisite English and French furnishings. This fascinating tour will end with champagne being served to all in the Grand Entrance where official visitors have made their entrances for centuries.
The two hour tour cost is 65 British Pounds, and must be reserved in advance. Admission is limited to 30 participants for each tour. Tickets cannot be booked online, so interested travelers should phone the Royal Collection at (0)20 7766 7322 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found at The Royal Collection.
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