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

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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 Ballroom

    What happens here: Banquets for important dignitaries on the first night of state visits.

    Notable events: In 2011, American President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks and Helena Bonham Carter, attended a beautiful banquet in the ballroom. The Queen also invests British citizens with honors, such as various Orders of the British Empire or knighthoods, in this room. In 2016, the ballroom was used as a space to exhibit the Queen's many notable outfits by British designers.

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    The Centre Room

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    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

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    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 Grand Staircase

    What happens here: Enter the State Rooms by descending this velvet-carpeted staircase.

    Notable events: Designed by John Nash in 1825, the staircase is a sight to behold. The Queen and Prince Philip posed at the top of it for photos in their youth, and Queen Victoria and Prince Consort Albert regularly strolled down it together. Albert also met the King of Saxony and the Russian Tsar on this staircase.

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