The State Rooms at the heart of Buckingham Palace provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining.
Here the Queen welcomes guests from all walks of life.
The rooms predominantly reflect the taste of George IV, who commissioned the architect John Nash to transform what had previously been known as Buckingham House into a Grand Palace.
Today they are furnished with many great treasures from the Royal Collection. You can see paintings by Vermeer and Canaletto, sculpture by Canova, exquisite Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world, with many works still in the historic settings for which they were originally acquired.
At the end of a visit to the State Rooms, the popular Garden Café is the perfect place for groups to gather and enjoy views of the lake across the Palace lawn.