· Go to the Royal Collection Trust's official site and choose an available day and time of visit.
· If you can manage it, we suggest opting for one of the final entrance times, between 4 and 5:15pm. It's what we've always done, and the reason we love it is because we aren't rushed at all and every time we leave a room, we can look back to see it almost completely empty. Sometimes, we'll enjoy having grand staircases completely to ourselves while the final groups move on.
· Double check that you're buying tickets for the State Rooms, not the Queen's Gallery or the Royal Mews. Those are different things.
· Pay the £19.75 per adult fee for the State Rooms, or £28.50 per adult for the State Rooms and Gardens, or £34.50 for the State Rooms, Gardens, Royal Mews, and The Queen's Gallery. Each ticket will also incur a £1.25 processing fee.
· Show up a little early for your allotted visit time, in order to pick up your ticket. The visitor's entrance is on Buckingham Palace Road, on the Palace's south side.
#183; Hold onto your ticket stub, because it counts as a 1-year pass. This means you may return again and again during the 2014 dates, or strategically plan for a 2015 visit, should the dates work out.
And, when you eventually work up an appetite from viewing all the royal diadems, head into the palace's cafe for Buckingham Palace official ice cream. A sweet end to a special day.
The back of the Palace, facing the Palace Gardens.
[Photos: UK Ministry of Defense, Jaunted]