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Virtual Field Trip to Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace: An Online Tour to the Royal Palace in London

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For a smashing family activity, let’s take an online trip “across the pond” for a virtual field trip to Buckingham Palace.  An online tour of Buckingham Palace is a great learning activity because of the culture, tradition and history associated with the Royal Palace. Originally a stately townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705, the building was expanded into a palace in the 19th century and became the official royal home when Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837.

Interesting and enchanting, this is a virtual field trip that all ages will enjoy. So make a nice spot of tea and gather the family around the computer – we’re going to drop in on the Royal Family for an online tour of Buckingham Palace.

Interactive Tour of Buckingham Palace

We’ll begin our trip with a visit to the Official Website of the British Monarchy. This is a top quality site with a very informative article about Buckingham Palace and its history. There are also links to pages about the Queen, the crown jewels, royal events, and an interactive timeline of the monarchy. Don’t forget to visit the video gallery to see clips about the Buckingham Palace gardens, official receptions, and historic artwork.

Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace

Now it’s time for the highlight of our trip - a magnificent 360 degree panoramic tour of the Royal Palace! Just choose the room that you’d like to visit and you’ll be taken, virtually, to that location. You can move around each room by using your mouse. Scroll up to see the brilliant chandeliers or down to view the lavish carpets. There is also a zoom feature to let you get a close up look at the extraordinary furnishings in the palace. Prepare to be dazzled!

The Grand Staircase

White Drawing Room

State Room

Interior Hallway

Art Room

 

The Royal Family

Although we didn’t happen to see any of the Royals in the palace, don’t worry – we’ll catch up with them now. The United Kingdom’s Royal Family are all close relatives of Elizabeth the Second, the Queen of England. They are all members, by birth or marriage, of the ruling House of Windsor. The Windsor Family Tree is a web page of the Royal’s family line which shows their lineage all the way down from Queen Victoria. For more information about the different members of the Royal Family, visit:

Queen Elizabeth

Prince Philip

The Duchess of Cornwall

Prince William

Prince Harry


The Changing of the Guard

The Queen’s Guard is the red uniformed infantry which protects Buckingham Palace. Visit the Guard Museum to learn about the five Foot Guard Regiments and their traditions. The changing of the Guard is the famous ceremony that takes place outside of Buckingham Palace. Over two million people watch it each year. When is the Changing of the Guard? is an informative article about this formal parade and tips for travelers who are planning to attend it. If a trip to London isn’t in your near future, you can watch a video clip of the ceremonial march at Changing of the Guard.


Jolly Good Internet Sites

We’re not done yet! There are some excellent online sites available to learn even more about Buckingham palace.  The Royal Palace opens to the public in the summer. If you’re thinking about going there, read Buckingham Palace Visitor Information or Buckingham Annual Summer Opening for helpful information about tickets, hours, transportation, and exhibitions. Finally, the House of Windsor is a very good web page with more facts about the Royals and links to their photo galleries.

 

Suggested Websites:

The Queen's Gallery

Top 10 London Attractions

Changing of the Guard Review

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