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Reply #135
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:35:16 AM »
Vanya Ivanova
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The Queen views Windsor Castle as 'Home' and Buckingham Palace known in royal circles as 'Buck House' as her place of work, or the 'office' as it were. The Royal family do have private apartments within the palace but apparently even after a function at Buckingham Palace the Queen will most often drive the relatively short distance back to Windsor for the night. It is here also that she will walk in the grounds and relax etc. Thats not to say the family never do this at Buckingham Palace but its more the exception than the rule. The family who jokingly refer to themselves as 'The Firm' also sometimes call Buckingham Palace 'the shop front for the family business'.

An interesting parallel is that GD Olga Nicholaevna once stated a similar distinction in reference to how the IF viewed the Alexander and Livadia palaces '' In Petersburg we work, but at Livadia we live''.
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Reply #136
« on: June 06, 2012, 10:38:25 AM »
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The grounds of Buckingham Palace are not open to the public.

Several years ago a reporter who got a job undercover as afootman reported that
any time the queen goes out to walk in the garden, which she did daily, the staff
were warned and told to go into the gardens. (I presume this excludes gardeners.) He
told of a time when he was walking one of the queen's dogs and was outside, where he encountered
her. He went back into the palace as quickly as he could and later apologized to her.

Visitors, other than official guests at the palace can't be encouraged to walk in the gardens
for security reasons.

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Reply #137
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:40:38 AM »
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Aloha from Kaua'i!

I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Buckingham Palace Gardens last year - when the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open during the summertime (when the Queen is at Balmoral) - you actually exit from the back of the palace and onto the terrace (where they have a temporary cafe) - and you walk a pathway thru the gardens (amazingly beautiful) in order to exit the Palace.

This is the only time of year the Palace is open to the public - and last year was particularly popular due to the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress being on display inside - as well as a fabulous Faberge exhibit (with many Romanov pieces).

The gardens are truly gorgeous - you can't walk on the large grassy area itself (they were roped off) - but you walk a path that takes you all around the garden areas, a lovely pond with a vista to another building (I don't know what that was, but it was lovely!) - and of course a souvenir shop - before you exit the palace grounds.
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Reply #138
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:48:16 AM »
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I was at the same exhibit last year (for the eggs, not the dress) but was disappointed with how little of the gardens you could actually see.  If you look at the map at the end of the path the visitor route just skirts around the edge of the gardens and there's lots more you can't see.  Of course I do understand that this is private and it would be a gardener's nightmare to keep up the garden after thousands of people traipsing through every day, and it's better than nothing, but I wish I could have seen more :/  I suppose that's what Holyrood House is for in Edinburgh, a lot like Buckingham Palace and you can walk ALL over the grounds.
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Reply #139
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:57:20 PM »
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This year, the gardens are open for a visit (for an extra fee, i think).

I recently purchased a book on the gardens at Buckingham Palace, which was published in the early 70s.  At the time, high rise buildings were starting to be built near the palace, and from these, people could see into the gardens.  A row of trees was planted for the specific purpose of shielding some areas of the gardens from public view.  Those trees must be mature by now, and must be providing some shelter from prying eyes.
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« on: December 17, 2012, 08:10:58 PM »
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I have recently seen pictures of an area of Buckingham Palace called the "Belgian Corridor".  I assume it is near the Belgian Suite.  Can anyone confirm the exact location and what it leads to/from?

Thanks

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Reply #141
« on: December 18, 2012, 06:50:07 AM »
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You are correct.  The Belgian Corridor links the rooms of the Belgian Suite on the palace's ground floor, western facade facing the garden.  It is given extra height and perspective by saucer domes designed by Nash in the style of Soane.   A second corridor in the suite has Gothic influenced cross over vaulting.
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Reply #142
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:04:59 PM »
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Thanks for the reply Chris, but I can't seem to figure where it (they?) is (are?).  I am looking at a floor plan of the ground floor.  The Belgian Suite is composed of the Orleans and Eighteenth Century rooms, which are side-by-side.  They give directly to the terrace on the west, and to the Minister's Staircase on the east.  Where is there a corridor?  Maybe I'm not clearly understanding what the Belgian Suite is.
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« on: December 21, 2012, 07:29:57 AM »
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Actually the suite is larger than that.  (They add adjacent rooms to it during State Visits).  Basically, the suite begins from the pool (in the Northwest pavilion) and continues toward the Bow Room in the center of that block.  Rooms across Marble Hall (like the Billiard Room) or even rooms on the other side of the Bow Room (including the old household dining room, now used as a cinema I think) may also be added to the suite if needed for a major scale visit with lots of officials or staff in the guest entourage.

The 1844 Room is used as the principal audience / reception room for the guest.  The narrow Cavernon Room (under Royal Closet), the 18th Century Room, the Orleans Room and the Spanish Room are all included.  The Orleans' Room is the main bedroom, while the Spanish Room is sometimes used as a guest dining room, dressing room or other bedroom as needed.  The other rooms can also be furnished as sitting rooms, dining rooms or bedrooms as needed (some state guest spouses prefer separate bedrooms, or bring children).

You're right - the 1844 Room and Cavernon Room adjoin directly to the Marble Hall (no Belgian Corridor access).  But the 18th Century Room, Orleans Room and Spanish Room all open into the Belgian Corridor, directly behind (north) of the Minister's Staircase.  It is quite narrow and on my floor plans don't look much more than tiny hallways.  At the end of the corridor appears to be the suite's bathroom (next to the Spanish Room).  But I suppose these old plans of mine might not reflect current configuration.
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Reply #144
« on: December 28, 2012, 11:57:31 AM »
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Thanks Chris, I think I see it now.  The Belgian Corridor(s) must be that little strip running east-west immediately behind (north) the Minister's Staircase, and that even smaller strip running perpendicular to it.

I suspect you have a better/more detailed/more recent floor plan than I do.  I believe mine is the one dating back to Queen Victoria's time.  There were a number of plans posted to this forum over time, but they have all "disappeared" by now.

Thanks for your help.
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Reply #145
« on: December 30, 2012, 04:05:07 PM »
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I need so much Buckingham Palace floorplans to my school project. If someone could posted it or send it to me via pm I would be very grateful !
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Reply #146
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:02:27 AM »
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Here is a floor plan of Buckingham Palace (the ground floor) n the way it would of appeared before the addition of Blore the bore, i still cant find one of the state floor from this time though without the east range, there is one of the queens apartments without the east range but not the whole state floor.
I think the image below may have actually been printed after the east range was added but it does give someone a much better idea.



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