Except there was no tea. And no Queen. Not even Helen Mirren.
On Sunday, Mike and I got to go to Buckingham Palace for an evening tour of the state rooms. Every year from the end of July to the end of September, all the Royals go on holiday. They use that time to open all the castles to the public. This is the only time of year that you can get into Buckingham Palace, Kennsington Palace, Clarence House, etc. The AWC booked a private evening tour of Buckingham Palace for last Sunday and we went and had a blast! We were the only group in the palace and at the end of the tour we were all given champagne and got to stand around socializing on the back terrace looking over the grounds. But here’s the thing, we couldn’t take pictures. Seriously people- they weren’t playing around. The tour was of the state rooms not the private residences (which are never open) and this year they set up one of the rooms as if there was a state dinner complete with gilded chargers, 6 glasses a place setting, and individual menu lights. It was simply glorious. I am putting a couple of pictures that I found on the internet because they all look just like what we saw but were taken with much more skill than we possess! We saw many more rooms but these look like a good sample- please notice the ceilings because they were worth the tour!
The whole place is a barrage of luxury and excess. The Queen is a woman after my own heart. Why? Her throne in the throne room is pink, silk and monogrammed.
I am already brainstorming things that I can do to get invited to the Palace for something other than a tour. I really wanted to steal something cool. But I didn’t. They film everything over here and I am too cute for prison.
If you are planning a trip over here and seeing the London castles are a big deal to you, it may be worth your while to check and see the dates that the Queen is gone so you can walk around her place while she is riding Space Mountian at Disney World trying to unwind from the last ten months of pretending to run a country.