You Can Now Explore the Gilded Halls of Buckingham Palace From Anywhere
Log this magic as a technological victory. Under its Expeditions endeavor, Google has flung open the gilded gates of Buckingham Palace to the world.
Yep, thanks to the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program, an educational initiative designed to let educators expose students to some of the most spectacular historical and natural wonders of the world, you can roam the ornate halls of the queen's living quarters.
After polling thousands of schoolchildren, Google learned that England's Buckingham Palace was the place they most wished to visit, thus adding it to an already amazing list of 150 locales, including the White House, Yosemite National Park, Japan's Mount Fuji, and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Buckingham Palace tour lets visitors embark on a 360-degree expedition of seven stunning state rooms (normally only open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September), including the White Drawing Room (pictured above), thrones, grand ballrooms, the palace's many sparkling chandeliers, and more. There is also some commentary from the queen’s Master of the Household and Curator of Paintings, for any blossoming art history aficionados among you.
The virtual tour of Buckingham Palace with audio is available to view on YouTube. To experience the tour in 360-degree format, take the tour through your smartphone's YouTube app.
Did you take the tour? Have you visited Buckingham Palace? Which room is your favorite?