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The state spaces of Buckingham Palace, Frogmore House and Clarence House will not be open to visitors this summer

The Buckingham Palace, Frogmore House, and Clarence House state rooms will remain closed this summer after closing during closing

  • Royal Collection Trust has decided to keep the state halls of Buckingham Palace, Frogmore House and Clarence House closed this summer
  • The pubic can usually book tours of the royal residences for certain months
  • But the Covid-19 pandemic means they won’t be opening to visitors this year
  • Royal Collection Trust has made a decision ‘because of social distance challenges’
  • All visitors who have already booked tickets will receive a refund
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

The state spaces of Buckingham Palace, Frogmore House and Clarence House will not be open to the public this summer amid the corona virus pandemic.

The Royal Collection Trust made the decision “because of the operational challenges of social distance” in their palaces and properties.

They added that anyone who pre-booked a ticket will receive a refund.

Buckingham Palace's state rooms will not open to the public this summer during the Covid-19 pandemic, and all those who booked tickets received refunds

Buckingham Palace’s state rooms will not open to the public this summer during the Covid-19 pandemic, and all those who booked tickets received refunds

Last year, the Queen inspects the table settings in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace

Last year, the Queen inspects the table settings in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace

Last year, the Queen inspects the table settings in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace

The lavish state rooms of Buckingham Palace remain close to visitors this year

The lavish state rooms of Buckingham Palace remain close to visitors this year

The lavish state rooms of Buckingham Palace remain close to visitors this year

The lavish State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen’s London, are open to visitors for only 10 weeks each summer and select dates in winter and spring.

This year, state rooms would be open between July 25 and October 4, but the Covid-19 pandemic contributed to that.

Also in London, Clarence House is the official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and is open to visitors only in August.

The Queen remains indefinitely at Windsor Castle with all her public duties on hold until the threat of the corona virus disappears. Shown on the VE day on Friday

The Queen remains indefinitely at Windsor Castle with all her public duties on hold until the threat of the corona virus disappears. Shown on the VE day on Friday

The Queen remains indefinitely at Windsor Castle with all her public duties on hold until the threat of the corona virus disappears. Shown on the VE day on Friday

The Queen is currently staying at Windsor Castle (pictured yesterday) with her husband Prince Philip, who will turn 99 next month

The Queen is currently staying at Windsor Castle (pictured yesterday) with her husband Prince Philip, who will turn 99 next month

The Queen is currently staying at Windsor Castle (pictured yesterday) with her husband Prince Philip, who will turn 99 next month

Located in Windsor Castle’s Home Park, the royal retreat of Frogmore House also opened to the public only in August.

The queen, 94, is currently staying at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip, who will turn 99 next month. They isolated there with a reduced household on March 19.

The monarch usually returns from Windsor to Buckingham Palace in May, before taking an annual holiday in Balmoral, Scotland, in July. This is not expected to continue this year.

The London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House will also not be open to visitors this summer

The London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House will also not be open to visitors this summer

The London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House will also not be open to visitors this summer

Frogmore House, in Home Park, near Windsor Castle, will remain closed this summer

Frogmore House, in Home Park, near Windsor Castle, will remain closed this summer

Frogmore House, in Home Park, near Windsor Castle, will remain closed this summer

All of her public duties have been suspended until the coronavirus threat has disappeared and it is believed to be the longest absence of the monarch during her 68-year reign. Her schedule is expected to resume in the fall at the earliest.

Traditional annual events such as Trooping the Color and Her Majesty’s garden parties have been canceled. There is also a state visit from South Africa and investments will be moved to later dates.

A statement from the Royal Collection Trust stated: ‘The safety and well-being of our visitors and employees are our top priority. Unfortunately, due to the operational challenges of social distance, we had to make the decision not to open the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace to the public this summer, and Frogmore House and Clarence House will not open in August 2020.

Those who have booked tickets will be refunded. We currently cannot confirm a date when the other palaces, the Royal Mews, will reopen the galleries and shops, but we will continue to follow government advice. ‘

Events in the royal calendar have been canceled due to Covid-19

MARCH

Queen’s traditional birthday greeting

Queen’s planned visits to Cheshire and Camden

The spring tour of Prince Charles and Camilla to Cyprus and Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina

APRIL

Japanese state visit to the UK

Annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel – April 9

Investitures

Changing of the Guard

Grand National in Aintree

MAY

75th anniversary of the VE Day commemorative events

Buckingham Palace Garden parties

Invictus Games

Royal Windsor Horse Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Princess Beatrice’s marriage to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

JUNE

The annual Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle

Trooping the Color

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Royal Ascot

Meeting of heads of government of the Commonwealth in Rwanda

JULY

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Queen’s Garden Party at Palace of Holyroodhouse

Summer opening of Buckingham Palace

AUGUST

Mey Games

SEPTEMBER

Braemar meeting

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