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Just a little palace in London

Evening tours of Buckingham Palace
Evening tours of Buckingham Palace
photo: The Royal Collection

By David Stewart White

Buckingham Palace. It's on the must see list for many London visitors. Most of the year Buckingham Palace is closed to visitors and tourists are forced to gaze through the fence, watch the changing of the guard, but never get the inside story. The palace's annual summer opening is a chance to stroll through the Queen's home, but long lines and packed palace rooms don't offer much exclusivity.

It's not exactly being treated like royalty.

Absent a personal invitation from the royal family, there's another way to get a (nearly) private tour of Buckingham Palace. From March 28 through April 27, the palace is offering guided evening tours in groups of 30 or fewer people. The two-hour tour of Buckingham Palaces' state rooms is conducted by an expert guide. The £70 ($115) tour includes a glass of champagne served in the palace's grand entrance, along with a 20 percent discount at the gift shop.

Tickets can be booked on the Royal Collection website.