A Look Inside the UK's Royal Homes

by Colleen Stinchcombe
Jan 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET

We’re a little obsessed with the British monarchy. First, there was the queen and Philip, then there was Diana, then Harry and William, then William and Catherine (or Kate Middleton, as she was known then), now Harry and Meghan Markle. Besides the fact that it’s hard not to love a good prince and princess story, the U.S.’s own political turmoil kinda makes us wish we had a moral leader who could set some things straight… maybe.

We’ve been indulging in Netflix’s The Crown like crazy, and the show has given us something rather spectacular: a glimpse of the interior of royal castles. Much of the £100 million budget went to designing radically accurate rooms and costumes.

While some areas of the royal residences are open to the public, there are many parts few people have ever seen. Here, we offer you an inside glimpse of the public royal residences.

1 /12: Buckingham Palace: Outside

1/12 :Buckingham Palace: Outside

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth and where she spends most weekdays of the year.

2 /12: Buckingham Palace: Dining Room

2/12 :Buckingham Palace: Dining Room

The royal red dining room.

3 /12: Buckingham Palace: Throne Room

3/12 :Buckingham Palace: Throne Room

The throne room in Buckingham Palace. This photo was taken ahead of the 60th anniversary of the queen's coronation in 2013. 

4 /12: Buckingham Palace: Drawing Room

4/12 :Buckingham Palace: Drawing Room

The drawing room is where the queen often meets with visitors. Here, she was meeting with then-Home Secretary Charles Clarke, then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone the since-retired Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, and others in 2006.

5 /12: Windsor Castle: Outside

5/12 :Windsor Castle: Outside

Windsor Castle is the official country residence of the queen, and she often spends weekends and holidays here.

6 /12: Windsor Castle: Dining Room

6/12 :Windsor Castle: Dining Room

The royal dining room at Windsor Castle.

7 /12: Windsor Castle: King's Bedchamber

7/12 :Windsor Castle: King's Bedchamber

A preserved version of the King's State Bedchamber in Windsor Castle.

8 /12: Windsor Castle: Grand Staircase

8/12 :Windsor Castle: Grand Staircase

The stunning grand staircase at Windsor Castle. This photo was taken in 2005 before the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

9 /12: Palace of Holyroodhouse: Outside

9/12 :Palace of Holyroodhouse: Outside

The official residence of the palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. The queen stays here when she's attending to business in Scotland.

10 /12: Palace of Holyroodhouse: Sitting Area

10/12 :Palace of Holyroodhouse: Sitting Area

One of the sitting areas in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

11 /12: Palace of Holyroodhouse: Dining Room

11/12 :Palace of Holyroodhouse: Dining Room

The dining room in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

12 /12: Palace of Holyroodhouse: Great Stair Landing

12/12 :Palace of Holyroodhouse: Great Stair Landing

The landing of the Great Stairs in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.