Buckingham Palace: A Royal Wedding

If you want to visit Buckingham Palace you have to do it during the summer months, when the State Rooms of Queen Elizabeth's official London residence are open to visitors. You can read a useful Visitor's Guide to Buckingham Palace by clicking here.In the summer of 2007 there will be a special reason for touring Buckingham Palace, as a new exhibition will help celebrate the Queen's 60th wedding anniversary. A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947 will run at Buckingham Palace from 28 July to 25 September 2007 to celebrate the fact that Queen Elizabeth, through her marriage to Prince Philip, will become the first reigning monarch to reach this great milestone of married life.The exhibition will help recreate the day in November 1947 when the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) married the Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey. It was a very special day, not just for the happy couple but for the entire nation. It was the first real chance of some national rejoicing, after the long dark years of the Second World War. The mood of the royal wedding is caught in film shot at the time, including some rarely-seen film footage of the behind-the-scenes preparations.*ROYAL WEDDING OUTFITSThis special Buckingham Palace royal wedding exhibition will also be the first - and possibly only - time that all the outfits worn by the wedding party's principal members will be displayed together.The royal wedding outfits on display include, naturally, the bride's splendid wedding dress, including the 13-foot bridal trail, designed by Norman Hartnell, who had been dressmaker to the British Royal Family since 1938. Hartnell said at the time that he had set out to create the most beautiful dress he had ever made. Hartnell also designed other dresses shown in the exhibition, including the dresses worn by the bridesmaids, and by Princess Elizabeth's mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.*ROYAL WEDDING JEWELSPrincess Elizabeth's jewels will also be on display, including a 1919 Russian tiara which secured her veil. Visitors can also see the diamond bracelet given to the bride by her groom. On show too will be the Girls of Great Britain diamond tiara, which visitors might recognise as it is the one worn by Queen Elizabeth on the portrais which appear on British coins and banknotes.*ROYAL WEDDING PRESENTSSome of the 2500 wedding presents received by the royal couple will also be on show, including wedding gifts from President Truman, Pope Pius XII and Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi's present was a piece of Indian lace which he wove himself.*SOUVENIR BOOKVisitors to A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947 will also be able to buy a souvenir book, Five Gold Rings: A Royal Wedding Souvenir Album, published by Royal Collection Publications at 9.99*OPENING HOURSA Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947 runs from 28 July to 25 September 2007. It is open daily from 9.45am-6pm, with the last admission at 3.45pm. Admission is by times ticket only, with admission every 15 minutes.*ADMISSION PRICESAdmission to the special exhibition and the Buckingham Palace State Rooms, with an audio guide, costs 15 for adults, 13.50 for students and over-60s, 8.50 for under-17s and free for under-5s. A Family Ticket covering 2 adults and up to 3 under-17s costs 38.50*BOOKINGBook your ticket by visiting the Royal Collection website or phone +44 (0)20 7766 7300*ROYAL LONDON: CLARENCE HOUSEVisitors seeking out Royal London can also visit, in August and September only, the London royal residence of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry. Click here to find the details.*