I must admit, I’m feeling a little dizzy from looking up at all the gleaming chandeliers and ornate domed ceilings and was rather glad of the 10 minute stroll through the vast gardens towards the exit.
Walking around just a small selection of the palace’s 775 rooms, I found myself madly gesticulating at a lamp-cum-statue posing in the corner of the drawing room, a table studded with semi-precious stones shaped into hanging fruits and a self-portrait by Rubens that was presented by the artist himself to King Charles I.
Like with all my previous visits to palaces and stately homes, this was turning into some sort of fantasy shopping trip. And it carried on as I entered the Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition showcasing an unprecedented number of The Queen’s personal jewels. One word: drool!
If you fancy snooping around one of the only inhabited royal palaces in the world for yourself check out the website for tickets.