Today, an estimated 2.5 BILLION people will witness the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And before you ask, yes, I was one of those people who woke up at 4:00 am to watch it live. Greg on the other hand, opted to sleep. I believe his exact word when my alarm went off was, “Why?”. It’s true, I could have recorded it on our TiVo, but that’s like watching the Super Bowl the next day–it just isn’t the same. For us girls (or some of us anyway), the Royal Wedding is the Super Bowls of Super Bowls! I didn’t get too crazy with Union Jacks, Royal Wedding coffee mugs, and Diana ring replicas, but I did begin the morning with scones, tea, Twitter, and switching between tv stations.
Since our topics here on 7HL primarily deal with house-related topics, we thought it would be fun to talk about the “house” that is on the minds of one third of the people in the world today: Buckingham Palace.
Rather than getting all into the Palace history and whatnot, let’s get to what it looks like today as Kate (or Catherine Duchess of Cambridge) walks the halls for the first time as the future Queen of England. Though this isn’t going to be her and William’s primary residence, I’m sure it was a surreal feeling when she walked through the halls of the Palace on her way to the balcony as a part of the Royal family for the first time. Here’s a little glimpse into the halls of Buckingham Palace and the rooms that will probably be seen by the few (few as in 650) guests who are invited to the reception:
The Grand Staircase.
The Grand Reception Room.
The White Drawing Room.
The Blue Drawing Room.
The Green Drawing Room. Through the doors, you can see the Throne Room.
The State Dining Room. I imagine this might be where the private dinner will be held tonight with William & Kate’s closest friends and family.
And lastly, the garage for the Gold State Coach (which looks like a living room with a carriage in it!).
Just to grasp an idea of how big Buckingham Palace really is, let’s talk numbers. There are…
- 775 rooms
- 19 Sate Rooms
- 52 Royal & Guest Bedrooms
- 188 Staff Bedrooms
- 92 Offices
- 78 Bathrooms
- 1 Medical Surgery Room
- 800 Staff Members
- 350+ Clocks
- 40 Acres of Gardens
- 1 Helicopter Pad
- 1,514 Doors
- 760 Windows (which are cleaned every 6 weeks)
- 1 Post Office
- 50,000+ guests every year
- Over 40,000 light bulbs
Whew! No wonder the Palace has 800 staff members! That’s a lot to clean!
What about you? Did you get up early this morning to watch the wedding as it happened, or did you record it so you could get some extra shuteye? Did you attend a watching party or did you (like myself) decide to stay home in your pajamas eating scones and sipping tea?