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

Updated December 6, 2019 26.9k votes 5.8k voters 377.7k views14 items

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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 Basement

    The Basement
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    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 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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