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Royal treatment: Buckingham Palace opens state banquets to public

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 01:19

Buckhingham Palace is about to open its doors to the general public where visitors can walk in the shoes of important world figures and go through the grand entrance into the State Banquet Rooms. Rough cut - no reporter narration

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Ever wondered what it must be like to dine with royals, presidents and prime ministers? Britain's Buckingham Palace opens its doors again this summer, inviting the public to get a glimpse of the work that goes behind hosting a state banquet., Following in the footsteps of statesmen from around the world, royal fans can enter the London palace through the grand entrance, where the Australian state coach, used in the state visit processions, is on display. Up the staircase and into the opulent ballroom, visitors can see the dressed table for a state banquet, laid out with royal tableware and centrepieces. The exhibit, "A Royal Welcome", also showcases recreations of the kitchen, cellar and dresser's workroom. Gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth for such banquets are also on display as are gifts from visiting statesmen. Buckingham Palace first opened its doors to the public in 1993 and the summer exhibition last year drew around 500,000 visitors. The queen may have to move out of the 300-year old building under renovation plans being considered. A royal source said last month Buckingham palace needs around 150 million pounds ($232 million) worth of repairs, including fixing the roofs and replacing old wiring. (1 US dollar = 0.6452 British pound)

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Royal treatment: Buckingham Palace opens state banquets to public

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 01:19