For the month of August, Clarence House, the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, will be open to visitors while the couple is away at their summer home.
As the seventh royal occupant of the House, the Prince of Wales uses it to receive visitors from the UK and overseas which includes official dinners, receptions and meetings. Prior to Prince Charles, Clarence House’s most famous residents were Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who lived there from 1949 until 1952, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who lived in the House for the last half century of her life, before her death in 2002.
The hour-long guided tours of the house, which reportedly still looks very similar to the way it did when the Queen Mother lived there, will give the public an unprecedented opportunity to view the home’s vast collection of Queen Elizabeth’s art and furniture.
The tour will take visitors through several rooms including the Lancaster Room, the Library, the Dining Room, the Garden Room – where the couple officially receives guests – and the Morning Room, a drawing room that got its name from the light that illuminates the room early in the day and which is reportedly the Duchess of Cornwall’s favourite place in the house.
Tickets for the tour cost just £10 per person (for adults). Avid royal fans, however, can upgrade to the exclusive ‘afternoon tour’ for £35 which gives visitors additional access to the Cornwall Room, the home of 22 watercolours painted by Prince Charles himself and a complimentary glass of Champagne at the end of the tour.
Tickets can be reserved at royalcollection.org.uk and the money from the ticket sales will go to the Royal Collection Trust charity which pays for maintenance and repairs on royal residences.
However, if you’re not in London in August, don’t despair! Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace are both open year-round and Buckingham Palace is open now until October 2nd. Details about each royal residence’s opening hours and admission prices can be found at royalcollection.org.uk.