Buckingham Palace's Elusive Layout Has Never Been Made Public — But Researchers May Have Cracked It Anyway

Experts dug deep to figure out the layout.

london, england april 20 the band of the coldstream guards form up around the main gate of buckingham palace during the changing of the guard ceremony on april 20, 2011 in london, england soldiers guard queen elizabeth ii and other royals at buckingham palace in a 24 hour rotation with a ceremonial hand over at 1130 in the morning photo by peter macdiarmid wpa pool getty images
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Buckingham Palace (opens in new tab) is one of the most iconic buildings on the planet. The 775-room building has served as the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837. In spite of its massive place in pop culture and history, no current floor plan is readily available to the public.

Determined to give the public more insight into the layout of the iconic residence, researchers at HomeAdvisor set about crafting the most accurate version of the floor plan (opens in new tab) currently available on the internet. To create the floor plan, their team poured through every available photo and video of the interiors of Buckingham Palace to uncover the layout of every room. They also gathered additional information from the Royal Collection Trust (opens in new tab) and the official website of the British Royal Family (opens in new tab), and then handed all of their intel over to architect Jelena Popovic to create floor plans for each section of the Palace. Those plans were then sent along to an architectural designer, along with high-quality images of Buckingham Palace (opens in new tab) to use as reference to create the final designs.

It's worth noting that, even though these floor-plans are accurate according to all available information about the palace, there are some areas of Buckingham Palace (opens in new tab) that remain a mystery to the public and are totally off-limits to everyone except for actual royals and official palace staff.

Take a look at this gallery for an unprecedented peek inside the Queen's (opens in new tab) London home.

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.