The Piano Nobile
Buckingham Palace

Floor Plan of the Piano Nobile, Buckingham Palace
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A: State Dining Room.
B: Blue Drawing Room.
C: Music Room.
D: White Drawing Room.
E: Royal Closet.
F: Throne Room.
G: Green Drawing Room.
H: Cross Gallery.
J: Ballroom.
K: East Gallery.
L: Yellow Drawing Room.
M: Centre Room.
N: Chinese Luncheon Room.
O: Principal Corridor.
P: Private Apartments.
Q: Service Areas.
W: The Grand staircase

On the ground floor

R: Ambassador's Entrance.
T: Grand Entrance.

The areas defined by shaded walls represent lower minor wings.

At the centre of the Piano Nobile is the Music Room ( C). iIs large, bow shape being the most dominant feature of the west-facing garden façade. Flanking the Music Room are the Blue (B) and the White (D) Drawing rooms.

The corridor onto which the Music Room, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room (F), and the Green Drawing Room (G) leads is called the Picture Gallery. 55 yards (50 meters) long, this Gallery includes works from artists such as Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens and Vermeer amongst its collection.

The aforementioned Green Drawing Room serves as a huge anteroom to the Throne Room. It therefore forms part of the ceremonial route to the throne from the Guard Room at the top of the Grand Staircase (W). On the image above the Guard Room is the small, rectangular room between rooms W and G. It contains white, marble statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in Roman costume. They are stood upon platforms within alcoves with tapestries lining the walls around them.

The Blue Drawing Room, the Music Room, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room, Green Drawing Room, Picture Gallery, and Guard Rooms are all classed as State Rooms. They are therefore only used for ceremonial and official entertaining by Her Majesty. For most of August and September each year though members of the public are permitted entry into these rooms as part of the Palace’s Summer Opening season.
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