The Buckingham Palace is only open during the summer. This year, the opening time is from July 22nd to October 1st. The tickets usually sell out very fast, so I made the online booking on Thursday for the first Sunday ticket. Reading on the internet, many people suggested to early. Because the later it gets, the more crowded it will be. The changing of the guards around 11am is insane and you can only see other people's back if you go late.
I also felt that I won't be too interested in the gallery and the Royal Mews. I chose the 9:45am ticket for only the States Rooms, which were built to be public rooms for the Queen and the royal families to entertain the guest, and for other important events.
No photos were allowed inside the palace. Here are the shots I took right before and after I went inside the palace.
The magnificent space and the details on furnitures, the ceiling, and the decor really show the majesty of the royal family. I couldn't help wondering, however, how could anyone live here? It doesn't feel homey and cozy to me. Instead, it feels like a museum, full of priceless treasure.
This year's exhibition theme is royal gifts. So in addition to the room itself, you can see hundreds of gifts given to the Queen from all over the world. What amuses me was the gift from the President Kennedy. It is a signed autograph of himself in a Tiffany silver frame. Other leaders usually bring the very delicate and precious gift from their countries.
I spent about an hour and a half in the palace. When I headed out and walked by the entrance of the palace, there were enormous number people there watching the changing of the guards. Well, I don't think I can see anything standing behind the crowds. But I am planning to visit here or Windsor Castle to see it at least once in my lifetime.
Later I walked the Regent Street and got myself a pair of Hunter rain boots. (It was 40% off!) I walked passed St James Park. It was so peaceful, and the weather was just perfect. Hearing the singing of the birds and the greens made me feel so relaxed.