5 British Royal Palaces to See Inside This Summer time

For over a century, a variety of the British royal household’s most well-known residences have been welcoming guests from world wide to tour their grand state flats, view their priceless assortment of artworks and study concerning the historical past of the monarchy that dates again over 1,000 years.

The centerpieces of the expansive royal property portfolio—the guardianship over which was inherited by King Charles III in September 2022—are the royal palaces. From Buckingham Palace, which types the principal residence and workplace of the monarch, to Kensington Palace, which was the house of Princess Diana, vacationers have performed an necessary function within the maintenance and survival of the historic areas.

Right here, as customer season in London reaches its summer time peak, Newsweek appears to be like at 5 of the British royal household’s palaces which might be open to vacationers this yr, and what there may be to see.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is maybe the perfect identified of all of the royal residences in Britain, forming the point of interest for all large-scale nationwide occasions related with the monarchy, from coronations to weddings.

King Charles made his first look as monarch on the palace’s well-known balcony in Could with Queen Camilla on the day of their coronation, and so they have hosted a variety of necessary occasions in its state rooms since their accession.

Buckingham Palace photographed September 2022. The palace opens its state rooms to guests in the summertime months.
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The palace, which dates again as a royal residence to 1762 when King George III purchased Buckingham Home as a house for his spouse, Queen Charlotte, shouldn’t be open year-round, however welcomes guests from July to September, when the royals are primarily away from London for the summer time.

Annually, the Royal Assortment Belief maintain a particular exhibition within the palace’s regency state rooms. This yr, the coronation robes, outfits and equipment utilized by King Charles and Queen Camilla are displayed within the ballroom of the residence, together with the coronation necklace made for Queen Victoria.

Although the show consists of most of the gadgets worn by the king and queen, it doesn’t embrace the Crown Jewels, that are on everlasting show on the Tower of London which is open all year long.

King Charles and Queen Camilla Coronation Outfits
King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation outfits and robes on show within the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, July 2023.
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The rooms open to the general public are these comprising the primary state flats. The personal rooms belonging to the royal household aren’t out there to tour.

Buckingham Palace is open to guests Thursday to Monday, till September 24, 2023.
Tickets bought on the day of go to price £33 ($42).

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is maybe greatest identified for being the previous house of Princess Diana, who lived on the palace between 1982 and 1997.

The palace dates again to the seventeenth century, when Nottingham Home was bought and reworked right into a royal residence by King William III and Queen Mary.

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace photographed March 2012. Queen Victoria was born on the palace and in the present day the state flats are open all year long.
Historic Royal Palaces

Queen Victoria was born on the palace and spent the primary days of her reign there earlier than shifting to Buckingham Palace. Over subsequent years, a number of different members of the royal household have made the palace their house, together with Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, Princess Margaret, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and likewise Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The palace’s Georgian state flats have been open to the general public since 1899, and in the present day, the general public can tour these rooms together with these utilized by Queen Victoria and the Stuart queens.

The general public aspect of the advanced is operated in the present day by the charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which phases common royal trend exhibitions within the areas.

Kensington Palace’s King’s Gallery photographed with attire displayed for the “Court docket to Couture” exhibition, 2023.
Historic Royal Palaces / Oscar de la Renta Archive

Guests this summer time can see the “Court docket to Couture” exhibition, which appears to be like on the means historic trend has influenced modern-day designers. On show are attire worn by Billie Eilish, Audrey Hepburn and Kendall Jenner amongst others.

Kensington Palace is open to guests Wednesday to Sunday.
Tickets bought on the day of go to price £25.40 ($32).

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The British royal household’s principal royal residence in Scotland is the historic Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The palace has performed host to lots of Scotland’s most necessary historic figures, together with Mary Queen of Scots.

Guests are capable of go to the palace all year long and common exhibitions and occasions are scheduled to showcase Scotland’s royal historical past. Most lately, King Charles and Queen Camilla stayed on the palace throughout what is called “Holyrood Week,” which sees the monarch conduct a spherical of yearly engagements within the Scottish capital every year on the finish of June or early July.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse photographed September 2022. The palace is the official seat of the monarchy in Scotland.
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This yr, Holyrood Week included Charles’ particular ceremony in Edinburgh to rejoice his coronation the place he was joined on the palace by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open to guests every day till the top of September, thereafter Thursday via Monday.
Tickets bought on the day of go to price £19.50 ($25).

Hampton Court docket Palace

Hampton Court docket Palace was initially constructed within the early sixteenth century and is without doubt one of the greatest preserved examples of Tudor structure in Britain. Situated on the banks of the River Thames outdoors of central London, the palace was house to King Henry VIII and his six wives earlier than being partially reworked by King William III and Queen Mary.

The palace was a favourite royal residence within the time of the early Georgian kings, however after the loss of life of King George III the palace was used to accommodate royal workers and relations in what are generally known as “grace and favor” flats.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court docket Palace exterior, 2023. The palace was house to King Henry VIII and has since turn into a well-liked filming location and customer attraction.
Historic Royal Palaces

The state rooms of the palace, together with the Tudor banqueting corridor and kitchens, are open to the general public all year long, operated by Historic Royal Palaces. The palace has turn into the backdrop for a variety of excessive profile film and TV tasks, together with most lately, the 2023 Shonda Rhimes Netflix present, Queen Charlotte.

Hampton Court docket Palace is open every day till September 3, thereafter Wednesday to Sunday.
Tickets bought on the day of go to price £26.30 ($34).


Although not a palace by identify, Sandringham Home has been one of many British royal household’s favourite residences since its buy by Queen Victoria in 1863 for her eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII).

Sandringham is a royal residence that doesn’t belong to the state, so it counts because the personal property of the monarch. Queen Elizabeth II spent giant components of the yr at Sandringham which is positioned within the English county of Norfolk. It’s the place the royal stud farm is for horses and the place Prince William and Kate got the house, Anmer Corridor, by Queen Elizabeth as a marriage current.

Sandringham Home itself is Edwardian in design, with most of the Royal Assortment’s well-known artworks and furnishings on show.

Sandringham House
Sandringham Home photographed August 2011. The home was bought in 1862 by Queen Victoria for her eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII).
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King Charles III lately invested within the aesthetic of the home by commissioning a brand new topiary backyard within the grounds which took form earlier this yr.

The home is closed to guests for components of the yr the place it’s reserved for the usage of King Charles, however is open in the summertime months when the monarch is away.

Sandringham Home is open every day aside from Fridays till October 12.
Tickets to go to the home and gardens price £23 ($29).

James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek‘s royal reporter, primarily based in London. You will discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and browse his tales on Newsweek‘s The Royals Fb web page.

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