Sunday 16 June 2013 -
A regal setting.
Buckingham Palace was originally built as a private mansion commissioned by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. It became the official residence of the royal family in 1837.
Of the 775 rooms in the palace, 19 are used for official receptions and, since 1990, these rooms are open to the public every summer. You can visit the Throne Room, the official dining room, the Long Gallery, and can of course admire the many treasures of the Royal Collection: prestigious paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Vermeer; Sèvres porcelain; antique English furniture and many other treasures besides.
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