Inside the Queen’s Royal palaces

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  • We pick up the keys of Buckingham Palace and the Queen's other official residences

    As the Queen celebrates reaching the grand old age of 90, we’re celebrating her castles, palaces and secret escapes as we step behind the doors of her famous residences around the country.

    Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. The palace has 775 rooms (count ’em!), 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

    Windsor Castle is an official residence of the Queen and is the largest occupied castle in the world.

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, it can be found at the end of the Royal Mile.

    Other Royal residences include Balmoral Castle on the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland which is the private residence of the Queen, the Sandringham Estate, another private residence (and of course home to Wills and Kate in Anmer Hall) and St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House.

    So, tell us, who lives in a house like this…?

    The State Dining Room, Buckingham Palace

    Blue Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

    The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace

    State Banquet at Windsor Castle

    State Dining Room, Windsor Castle

    Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate.

    White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle

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