All The Notable Rooms In Buckingham Palace And What Happens In Them

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Vote up the most interesting rooms you'd like to hang out in with the Royal Family

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, but it's also a pretty awesome place to call home. There are 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. The Buckingham Palace floor plan also has a throne room, saloon, library, ballroom, and other spots for the monarch to rest her feet.

What else is going on inside Buckingham Palace? There's an ATM in the basement for the royals to get cash, a palatial bedroom for HM's corgis, and a gallery for invaluable paintings. The Buckingham Palace interior map also includes a state dining room for royals and ambassadors; after all, you can't eat dinner on a tray when you're a prince! And don't forget that inside Buckingham Palace the Queen's bedroom is private, separate even from that of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Let's take a peek.


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    The Basement

    The Basement
    Photo: Unknown / All Free Photos / CC BY-SA 2.5

    What happens here: The royals get cash out of the ATM and maybe use secret tunnels to visit other royal hot spots.

    Notable events: Since 2001, princely pounds have been dispensed from an ATM in the royal basement. Tunnels also allegedly link BP to Whitehall, Parliament, and Clarence House, and maybe even the tube! Rumor has it that the Queen's parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, once explored the basement and stumbled across a squatter.

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    The King's Library

    What happens here: Reading!

    Notable events: George III collected thousands of books that he stored here. John Adams even visited here. The collection includes a Gutenberg Bible and an early printing of The Canterbury Tales, but later the volumes were donated to the British Museum.

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    The Throne Room

    What goes on here: The Queen receives important visitors.

    Notable events: Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, took their formal wedding pictures here in 2011. The Queen only sat on the official throne once at her coronation but she and Philip each have their own monogrammed chairs that look a bit comfier. Queen Victoria's oldest daughter, also named Victoria, was also christened in the Throne Room in 1841.

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    The Centre Room

    The Centre Room
    Photo: The Crown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    What goes down in here: Official appearances on the adjoining balcony.

    Notable events: The royals love appearing and waving to the public here. Some of the most notable occasions include Prince William and Kate's blissful marital kiss, the Trooping of the Color every year, and Charles and Diana's post-wedding appearance.

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    Elizabeth And Philip's (Separate) Bedrooms

    Elizabeth And Philip's (Separate) Bedrooms
    Photo: Biblio Archives/Library Archives / flickr / CC BY 2.0

    What happens here: Sleep, and maybe a little bit more.

    Notable events: The Queen and Prince Philip sleep in separate bedrooms, which we only found out once an intruder broke in in 1982. That doesn't mean their marriage is in trouble, however, as that's something that's just characteristic of upper-crust Brits. Other accounts state they share a bed many nights, but split bedrooms if one has to get up early. Philip also likes sleeping with the window open all year around, so he gets his own (cold) room.

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    The White Drawing Room

    What happens there: Royal meet-ups.

    Notable events: Before they are about to head to an official event, the royal family members gather in this drawing room, which is also a reception area. The family have taken official portraits here in 1947, 1993, and 2011.

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