Buckingham Palace is not just the London residence of the royal family, but it is also a museum. It might sound a bit strange, but since the palace is more than 300 years old, it has gathered artifacts from different centuries, housed various monarchs of the British Empire and the United Kingdom, and has seen numerous periods in England. And to top it off, there is the late Queen’s gallery.
Consisting of roughly 450 pieces, the royal collection makes quite the exhibition. The Gallery is near Buckingham Palace, in a place where a private chapel for Queen Victoria once stood. When the chapel was destroyed in an air raid, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh decided to create art from despair. And thus, the space transformed into an art gallery. As we see in the photo, getting the royal collection ready for the public does take a lot of work.
Buckingham Palace 1907
While plenty of eager tourists flock to London to see inside the views of Buckingham Palace, sadly no one will ever see it like it is here. Taken back all the way in 1907, we have an interior view of the Palace in one of its more antique days. Since then, it has undergone renovations and restorations.
But here in this image of this magnificent chamber, it still boasted an impressive gallery and its archetypal chandeliers. The chamber is also massive, indicating the true size of the Palace. The royal residence has since undergone many transformations. It has survived Nazi bombings, the London air, and the wear and tear over time.
Prince William’s Christening
Born William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor, here we have one of our first photos of the Prince of Wales and future king of Great Britain. Taken in Buckingham Palace, we see the late Princess Diana cradling the young Prince William after he had his christening. We also see his proud father and soon-to-be-crowned king Charles III, looking on proudly at his baby son.
Prince William wore hand-me-downs for the christening. His gown was the same one worn by his father and many other royal babies before. He also had six godparents in attendance! This photo was taken on August 4, 1982 – just a month after the baby Prince William was born.
Did you know that Buckingham Palace has its own very unique Commonwealth exhibition? Starting in 1977, Buckingham Palace included a Commonwealth exhibition. Held every year on the second Monday of March, individuals on the tour are given highlights from different parts of the Commonwealth like various cultural elements of the Caribbean.
What is unique about this photo is that the late Queen Elizabeth II is being given her very own tour by the director of the Royal Collection, Sir Hugh Roberts. Just another side of Buckingham Palace that the public doesn’t often see or know about. The exhibition is a look back at 60 years of history and celebrates the modern Commonwealth. Although the concept of the Commonwealth is today problematic, the queen always took her responsibility as its head very seriously.
Since the Tokyo Olympics, drone shows have become an important feature of mega-events. One such mega event to incorporate a drone show was the platinum jubilee celebrations of 2022. And of course, because the platinum jubilee was held to commemorate the late Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary as queen, a moment dedicated to corgis was completely fitting.
Since her first corgi was given to her in 1959, the Queen’s lifelong companions have been her pooches. The Royal Guards do a stellar job but we know the corgis are the true guardians of the palace and the queen’s heart. The drone show also included images of Her Majesty’s handbag and a teapot with a cup and saucer.