The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace: 4th and 5th January 2020

16:30, Saturday 4th January 2020.

A guided tour by the experienced Buckingham Palace Wardens’ Team and The Master, Dr Peter T J Rumley FSA.  Join us for a Christmas tour and see the magnificent State Rooms and priceless paintings and works of art in the world-renowned Royal Collection.  There will be a second tour at 16.30 on Sunday 5th January 2020.

In the company of an expert guide, you will be taken on a tour through these magnificent rooms when the Palace is not usually open to the public. The Christmas decorations will still be in place as originated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The tour itself lasts around an hour and a half, followed by a glass of Champagne in The Marble Hall.

It is suggested leaving two and a half hours for the full experience, from admission through our security search through to drinks and an opportunity to enjoy an exclusive 20% discount in the shop (where the Tour will finish). The Wardens’ Team will discuss the collection and history alongside my recent architectural research.

The route of the tour is: Ambassadors’ Entrance, Lower Corridor, Quadrangle, Grand Entrance and Grand Hall, Grand Staircase, Green Drawing Room, Throne Room, Picture Gallery, Silk Tapestry Room, East Gallery, Ballroom, State Dining Room, Blue Drawing Room, Music Room, White Drawing Room, Marble Hall and Bow Room.

We meet at 16.30 at the Ambassadors’ Entrance in Buckingham Gate, which is the road to the left when facing the front of Buckingham Palace. The location is shown on the attached booking form. LATE COMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED.

Cost – £85.00 a head (to include entry and a glass of Champagne)

Please note that places are limited to 30 per day. We expect this event to be popular, so places are also limited to one guest per liveryman. We shall be holding a draw if the visit is over-subscribed and there will also be a waiting list. Please indicate if you would like to be put on this list if you’re unsuccessful in obtaining a place – you and any guest will need to be available at short notice. Because there is expected to be a ballot, there will not be online booking. Instead, please complete the booking form for either date or provide information requested by email. You will be advised of the results of the ballot by email on Monday 16th December.

With all good wishes.

Adrian Mumford

Clerk