Last few weeks for Palace tours

Buckingham Palace is continuing with its summer tours until the start of October.

Every year the general public are given the chance to see inside one of the world’s most famous palaces and given the opportunity to discover more about its rooms and history.

While not all of the Palace's 775 rooms will be open to the general public, visitors will have plenty to see during the two hour tour including the lavish Music Room and the Grand Hall.

"Escape the crowds and go on a private tour of Buckingham Palace's dazzling State Rooms," advised Visit London.

"The special tours, led by expert guides, give you the chance get close to the palace's important collection of historic paintings, furniture, sculpture and porcelain."

Visitors staying at central London hotels and enjoying tours this year will also be able to enjoy the special exhibition to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration includes many of the Queen's own personal items of jewellery as well as The Cullinan Stone, one of the largest diamonds every found.  The stunning clear blue and white gem weighs 3.106 carats.  It was discovered at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in 1905 and was given by the government of the Transvaal to Edward VII for his 66th birthday in 1907.

Buckingham Palace Tours will continue to be run until October 7th, when the palace closes for the winter season. Tickets for entry to the building, the tour and this year's Jubilee exhibition cost £18 for adults and children under five go free.

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