See what the Guards are protecting and get inside the spectacular Buckingham Palace – Queen Elizabeth II’s official London residence! You’ll enjoy special timed entry to the Palace and receive an audio guide upon arrival so you can explore the lavish rooms at your own pace. The State Rooms are open for just eight weeks a year and this opportunity to see the rooms used by the Queen to entertain her guests is not to be missed! Members of the Royal family use the rooms you will see for State, ceremonial and official occasions and each of the 19 State Rooms is ornately decorated for these purposes. Discover the 47 meter-long Picture Gallery and view some of the greatest paintings in the Royal Collection! You’ll be dazzled by the beautiful ballroom and throne room before completing your tour with a walk through the idyllic south garden. A visit to Buckingham Palace will have you walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s most influential people and is a fascinating insight into the history of the Royal Family. Following your independent visit to Buckingham Palace, you are free to take traditional afternoon tea between 3:00pm to 5:00pm at The Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria. This indulgent treat consists of a delicious selection of handcrafted tea cakes, mini rich butter fruit scones, fruit preserves, Devonshire clotted cream, and traditional open and closed finger sandwiches. Choose from an array of hand selected Tea Forte teas. The leisurely British tradition of afternoon tea will round off your royal day in style!