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Belgian monarchy launches virtual tour of the Royal Palace


© Koninklijk Paleis, Brussel/Palais Royal, Bruxelles/Königlicher Palast, Brüssel/Royal Palace, Brussels Photographer: Bas Bogaerts

You can now visit the Royal Palace of Brussels without moving away from your computer screen. Earlier this week, the Belgian Royal Palace launched a new website on which you can discover the Royal Palace at 360°.

Each summer, the Royal Palace of Brussels opens its doors to visitors so they can discover the main workplace of the Belgian Royal Family. Traditionally, the Royal Palace is open for visitors from the 22nd of July until the end of August. This year, the plans were changed due to the corona crisis. However, the Belgian Royal Palace has you covered as they recently launched an alternative way of visiting the palace – a virtual tour which you can take at any place and at any time.

The newly created website takes visitors on a guided tour through the ten principal rooms of the Royal Palace as well as the courtyard and the front yard. In each room, visitors can click on several numbers to gain more detailed information about the specific room, artwork and/or its use today. Each space can be viewed in 360°. The tour ends with an exclusive view into His Majesty the King’s office. Behind his desk, you can spot the private photos of his family that the King has in his office.

You can embark on your own private virtual tour of the Royal Palace in four different languages: Dutch, French, German and English. In addition, you can choose to follow the tour in a certain order by clicking on the various arrows to continue to the next room, or you can create your own tour by clicking on the next space you would like to visit.

The Royal Palace of Brussels is the result of the merge of four hotels built in the 18th century. The Royal Palace got its current appearance under the reign of King Leopold II of Belgium who renovated the entire building. The works were finished under King Albert I, and ever since, little has changed. Today, the Royal Palace of Brussels is the monarchy’s main residence. Both the King and Queen work daily at the Palace, hold their audiences there and organise festivities at the historical building.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.