Starting July 25 and running through Sept. 27, Queen Elizabeth will be opening the Buckingham Palace, her official London residence, to the public while she's in Scotland on holiday.
With its first public tour in 1993, the annual summer opening offers visitors a rare glimpse inside life as royalty. And while you can't stay the night, you will get to take in full splendor of Buckingham Palace. This year, visitors will enter through the "Grand Entrance"--an entrance used by world leaders when they're invited for a visit by the Queen--and walk the ornate staircases before entering the State Rooms.
They will also experience an exhibit showcasing what it's like to prepare the ballroom for a state dinner, including wardrobe, menu and porcelain choices--you can even sample royal tea!
About 400,000 people are expected to visit the palace while the Queen's away.
-- By Lindsey Campbell