Have you ever wondered about living like the royals? Imagined life a bit bigger, grander and well, more royal? Thanks to modern technology, you can now travel digitally to some iconic royal palaces, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in the UK. By Upasana Singh

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of us have cancelled or postponed our travel plans and are cooped up at home. People are practising social distancing and self-isolation to stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, if you still have a sense of wanderlust and are looking for ways to pass your time, you are in luck. The grand corridors of the royal palaces are now open for you to explore through these interactive online resources. Take these virtual tours and escape into the iconic historical sights.

1. Buckingham Palace


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Built in 1703, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and administrative headquarter of the British royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II. The palace is open for visitors in the summer and a few times in December, January, and over Easter. But now, it is possible to take a virtual tour of the palace via the official royal website at any given time, without leaving your home. You could witness 775 rooms, including 52 royal and guest bedrooms, and 92 offices without walking all day. Some of the highlights of the virtual tour include the opulent Grand Staircase, the White Drawing Room, and the Throne Room.

2. Windsor Castle


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A royal home and fortress for more than 900 years, Windsor Castle serves as the Queen’s private residence. Popular for royal weddings, including that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the virtual tour of the castle will take you to the traditional State Banquet in St. George’s Hall. You can visit the Waterloo Chamber and the Crimson Drawing Room to know more about this longest-occupied palace in Europe.

3. Palace of Holyroodhouse


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Step into the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Since the 16th century, it has served as the principal setting for state occasions and official entertaining. This palace is full of history with its links to Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The King Bedchamber and the Morning Drawing Room can be seen via virtual tours that allow viewers to experience a bit of Scottish flair.

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