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The Many Secrets of Buckingham Palace: Ghosts, Booze, Nuts, Fast Cash What It's Really Like Inside the Queen's Residence

Buckingham Palace, front

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At last count, there are 775 rooms inside Buckingham Palace—and, barring the knocking out of any walls to comply with the HGTV-approved open concept trend, it will continue to have 775 rooms for the foreseeable future.

Queen Elizabeth II , who just turned 91 (with official revelry to follow on a Saturday in June), has lived there all of her life and though her residential quarters are in a more condensed wing of the palace, if anyone's going to have the run of the place, it's the United Kingdom's reigning monarch for the last 65 years. (And her Corgis , of course.)

Anyone, meanwhile, can go to England and gawk at Buckingham Palace through the gates—just take the tube to Victoria Station—or take a tour of the state rooms (19 altogether) where the queen entertains or holds official events, like knighting ceremonies and receptions for world leaders.

Queen Elizabeth, David Beckham


Luminaries ranging from a 7-year-old Mozart and Charles Dickens to Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham have been received at Buckingham Palace over the years, proof it's been a hotbed of pop culture throughout its existence.

But even if you spend a couple of hours there rambling around, you're only scratching a tiny fraction of the surface of a building that first started to take shape in 1703, was steadily expanded and renovated over the centuries and has been the principal state residence of the queen of England since Victoria was that queen. In fact, Queen Victoria moved in as a bachelorette (two months before she got married) before it was even finished, ready to assert her independence as soon as possible. Then, to give her husband, Prince Albert , something to do, she put him in charge of putting the finishing touches on Buckingham Palace.

If only those walls could talk…and luckily they do, a little…

"The Headquarters of Taste": Albert apparently had quite the knack for design, because that's what people were calling the palace once the new ballroom he commissioned was done and the legendary costume balls had begun!

Buckingham Palace, Inside, Ballroom

Royal Collection Trust/ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Game Of Thrones In the Throne Room, there are two grand monogrammed chairs designated for the queen and her consort—her husband of 69 years, Prince Philip —that would seemingly serve as frequent reception perches for the royals. But in reality, the queen has only sat in the chair once, during her coronation in 1953.

Buckingham Palace, Throne Room

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Catching Zzz's: There are 52 royal and guest bedrooms and 188 staff bedrooms. Elizabeth and Philip reportedly keep separate bedrooms, but mainly because the Duke of Edinburgh likes to sleep with the windows open, even in the dead of winter.

Royal Flush: There are 78 bathrooms. We wonder how many still have toilets that you flush by pulling a chain…

One Eye Open: Before the palace was built, there was a monastery on the once-remote land—and a monk who died in his cell is said to frequent the palace's


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