Get a glimpse of royal life at Buckingham Palace this summer

With the Queen having just celebrated her birthday and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the news once again as they tour Australia with Prince George, interest in the Royal Family is currently as intense as ever – and if you'd like to get a closer look at how the monarchy lives then you'll have the chance to do so at Buckingham Palace this summer.

Indeed, while the Queen's official residence is normally closed to visitors, for a couple of months each year the palace opens its doors to allow members of the public to take a look around, and this year's Summer Opening will take place between August 2nd and September 28th.

Guests will be able to step inside the State Rooms, where a number of items from the Royal Collection are on display, including paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Poussin, Rubens and several other masters, as well as some truly exquisite furniture and sculptures.

What's more, this year will see a brand new exhibition entitled Royal Childhood being staged at the palace, with the display aiming to give visitors an insight into what life has been like for royal infants over the past 250 years.

The collection includes artefacts like clothes, toys and a range of other items that have belonged to members of the monarchy during their childhood, and is sure to be of particular interest to anyone who is still experiencing royal baby fever following the arrival of Prince George last year.

Those who don't wish to take a look around Buckingham Palace from the inside should at least take the time to see its exterior, with the Changing of the Guard being one of the most iconic daily events in London – and with the famous royal residence located just across Hyde Park from the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch, you won't have to go too far out of your way to get there.

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