A historic first: Buckingham Palace’s East Wing opens to the public 

A historic first: Buckingham Palace’s East Wing opens to the public 



Don’t just watch The Crown – visit the royal residence. 

Buckingham Palace is one of the world’s most famous royal residences. The palace is home to the royal family’s King Charles and Queen Camilla. Each year, it grants access to the public for The Opening of the State Rooms. Now, the East Wing will open for the first time, which means you can get a glimpse behind the glamour.

In 1703, Buckingham Palace was built as a townhouse. It wasn’t until the 19th century that it was redeveloped by the British architect John Nash, and became what we know today. Over the years, the building has acted as the home for the monarch, as well as a symbol for national events. 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace’s East Wing will open during July and August. Visitors can join guided tours, which will unveil the stories and secrets of the area. After five years of work, visitors will be able to see highlights from the Royal Collection. 

Between 1847 and 1849, construction on Buckingham Palace’s East Wing started. Queen Victoria requested the expansion, so that it could accommodate her growing family. The area was first occupied by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children.

Buckingham Palace

Tours will take visitors through the Principal Corridor, which includes paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Franz Xaver Winterhalter. The Yellow Drawing Room is decorated with Chinese hand-painted wallpaper from the 18th century, porcelain pagodas and the Kylin Clock. It’s a rare chance to visit the Centre Room, which leads on to the balcony – the location where the family have waved to well-wishers, and William and Kate kissed on their wedding day.

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