Palaces & Buildings

New tower to be added to Westminster Abbey

In what some have seen as a landmark decision, the Westminster City Council has granted permission to Westminster Abbey to begin planning for a new stair and lift tower to be constructed at the east end of the church. This project will enable, for the first time, public access to the eastern Triforium of the Abbey. The Triforium is an elevated internal gallery that will be modified into a new…
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Royal Chapel inside St Giles' Cathedral closed because of thieves

The Thistle Chapel inside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh has been closed to the public for the first time since 1911, after a series of thefts. A notice at the entrance reads: “We regret that due to continuous theft we have to keep the Thistle Chapel locked.” This measure has come into effect following the discovery that a number of ceremonial items, including an ornamental…
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Banqueting House to Go 'Under Wraps'

Banqueting House will soon have a new look. The major conservation project will soon be underway, with the property covered top to bottom in a wrap ‘telling’ passerby the unique history of this remarkable building. Built in 1619 by Inigo Jones for James 1…
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Monarchy Monday: Buckingham Palace by numbers

Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s official London residence, is a sight to behold. Have you ever thought about how many rooms it has? Or how many windows? While maths was never my strong suit, these are some numbers I can get behind! So let’s breakdown Buckingham Palace in numbers. There is a total of 775 rooms in the palace. 52 of those rooms are Royal and guest bedrooms, 19 are…
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Napoleon comes to Windsor Castle

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and defeat of Napoleon will be commemorated in 2015. The new exhibit will run through 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015. It will bring together a themed trail through the State Apartments containing an exhibition of…
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Coming Soon to The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

<![CDATA[ Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden Edwin Landseer, Windsor Castle in Modern Times, 1841-3. Royal Collection Trust / copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014 Beginning on 20 March 2015 and running until 11 October, Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden shows the way in which gardens have been commemorated in art through the span of four centuries. This exhibit brings…
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