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New Haven, Connecticut
April 29, 2005
From journal First Time in London
February 10, 2005
You may want to try and come during a palace guard change and parade. But remember that it will get crowded fast, so stake your spot for your photo ops.
From journal London, Rich in History
Hamburg, New York
October 22, 2004
As expected, there were security screenings to go through before entering, but they were well organized and moved quickly. I had previously purchased the official guidebook, and I was glad that I did. With the incredible amount of artwork, antique furniture, and more in the palace, it would have been very easy to miss some of the more famous pieces if you didn't know where to find them. The audio tour helps of course, but I personally found it a bit longwinded. It tried to give more information than I found I could really pay adequate attention to while still trying to enjoy the visual input as well.
It's difficult to choose any one thing that particularly stood out. The throne room was impressive, the main gallery appeared to be nearly wallpapered with artwork, and the fully set dining table was a magnificent sight. Overall, there was far too much to even see to remember in a fraction of, but it was well worth the visit.
From journal A fast week in the London area
Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 7, 2004
Buckingham Palace is the London home and office for Her Majesty The Queen. Here the Royal Family receives and entertains guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions in the Staterooms. Such grandeur and protocol is apt to make guests edgy and nervous, but the Queen herself is expert at putting people at ease. She has no pretentious airs and graces everyone, but show respect towards her.
During the tour, you advance at your own pace, with the help of an audio guide, through the richness and grandeur - it is overwhelming. The building contains sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Red carpets cover floors extensively, and it is easy to develop a crick in one’s neck looking up at the ornate ceilings.
History and occasion are everywhere. In the scarlet and gold Throne Room sit the coronation chairs used by Her Majesty and Prince Philip in 1953. The magnificent Ballroom, extending to 122 feet, dates from 1856 in Queen Victoria's reign to celebrate the end of the Crimean war. She and Prince Albert were fond of costume balls and music - costumes, musical instruments, manuscripts, photographs, and souvenirs from that period are on display in the Ball Supper Room.
Investitures are held in the Ballroom. Earlier, the queen would do her homework to have a suitable question ready to put the nervous recipients of the awards at ease. The sword used is on display.
The picture gallery designed by Nash contains paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto, and Claude. The vibrantly coloured silk walls in the Green Drawing Room provide the perfect compliment to the beautifully coved and gilded ceiling. In the State Dining Room, the red silk damask on the walls makes a fitting background to the state portraits of Kings and Queens from George III to George IV. The dining table itself, when set, has the plates and cutlery set out using a ruler.
The Blue Drawing Room, another of Nash's spectacular rooms has 30 fake onyx columns and a Sevres porcelain table made for Napoleon. From the semicircular bow window of the domed Music Room, there is a clear view of the garden and grounds. The 39-acre garden is an oasis for wildlife, and offers superb views of the Garden Front of the Palace and the 19th-century lake.
Perhaps most magnificent of all is the White Drawing Room, furnished with French antiques and English-cut, glass chandeliers suspended from the ceiling, the delicate colours of the furnishings standing out against the white and gold walls.
Unfortunately, so much grandeur in so many rooms tends to merge as a blur in one’s memory.
Admission: Adults £9
From journal A Royal Tour of London
Santa Cruz, California
August 12, 2004
Buckingham is more of an eyesore than a palace. Although one does have to see it, if one is in London, one does not have to enjoy it.
The changing of the guards can be fun to watch, if you don't mind waiting around in throngs of people for awhile. More enchanting than the palace are the parks that surround it. Hyde Park is truly beautiful with rows and rows of daffodils, which are bright and sunny. On a warm day, Hyde Park is the perfect place to spread out a picnic or read a book. On a winter day, grab a cappuccino and stroll through.
While in London, you have to see the palace, but only so you can tell people when they ask, "Yes, we went to Buckingham Palace."
From journal London Bridges Aren't Falling Down
Mont Albert North, undefined, Australia
April 6, 2004
It was certainly worthwhile to see Queen Bessie's house. As a colonial from Down Under, we have a fascination for all things royal. Some of the gifts on display had a certain cringe factor, though. Really, you had to wonder what the dignitaries of some countries were thinking! Still, they did make it to the display, so were obviously kept by the Queen. The grounds were beautiful too. It was nice to see that some of the houses in London have a good backyard!
From journal London For a Week
December 24, 2003
From journal Mind Yourself in London
October 8, 2003
From journal england
Merritt Island, Florida
May 18, 2003
From journal European Whirlwind
November 13, 2002
The exhibit was entitled Royal Treasures and what a treasure it is. You come up the formal stairway and are greeted by a bust of Her Majesty. There was a young man stationed beside it who was more than happy to gush on about it, but I was more interested in getting into the gallery.
The first gallery, the Pennethorne Gallery has bright green walls that make a dramatic back drop for Van Dykes monumental equestrian portrait of Charles I. It grabs your attention as soon as you enter the room. Opposite it stands a magnificent boulle secretaire made of ash, oak, pine, brass, copper, tortoise shell ebony, rosewood etc. from the collection of George IV, I’m sure you can get the picture. A small room off this gallery contains a cabinet of miniatures including three by Holbein that are particularly beautiful. I have to admit that miniatures are a real favorite of mine.
The depth of the Queens Collection is obviously immeasurable. On the right wall you have Vermeer’s Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman and Cranach’s Apollo and Diana and across from them is George de la Tours St. Jerome. In a second cabinet room are Grannies Chips the 3rd and 4th largest Cullinan Stones 63 and 94 carats. Also in this cabinet are the necklace that the Queen wore to her coronation and also her collection of Faberge. I am only touching on the surface of what was here. This is truly magnificence on a magnificent scale.
The Nash Gallery has bright red walls and again they are the perfect backdrop for the paintings chosen for display here. Hogarth, Copley, Stubbs, Zoffany, and Viger LeBrun. It is however Sir Joshua Reynolds portrait with the red jacket, Sr. Thomas Lawrence’s Pope Pius VII with his red cape and chair and Thomas Gainsborough’s Johann Christian Fisher in a maroon suit that really play to the room’s color. These three paintings are all on one wall for maximum affect.
There is a room of sketches that includes a DaVinci, a Michaelangelo and a Raphael. I was impressed. The only jarring moment came when confronted by the hideous Lucien Freud portrait of the Queen.
Even the bathrooms here are luxurious. Make sure you pay them a visit. The gift shop is extensive and expensive. This time I chose to look but didn’t buy.
This particular exhibit will be on through January 3, 2003. But if the past is any indication this is just one of many that the Gallery will have to offer.
From journal London-Once is Never Enough