The British monarchy announced Wednesday that it is temporarily opening areas in two of its most famous palaces to visitors, including the east wing of Buckingham Palace, home to the famous balcony. Public tours of the wing will be offered for the first time from mid-July to August, following the completion of more than five years of improvement work, the Royal Collection Trust said.

Royal Collection Trust to offer public tours of the east wing of Buckingham Palace and the inner chambers of Balmoral Castle this summer (REUTERS)

It is a department of the Royal House and manages the public opening of the official residences of King Charles III. The east wing encompasses the facade of London’s palace and features the central balcony where monarchs and other royals have gathered since 1851 for public appearances during special occasions or historical moments.

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Tickets for the tours must be purchased in addition to a ticket to visit the State Rooms, with a combined price of £75 ($95) for adults. Meanwhile, this summer, visitors will also be able to see parts of Balmoral Castle in Scotland used by the royal family for the first time. The castle, deep in the Scottish Highlands, is said to have been the favorite royal residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II and where she died in September 2022.

Previous tours, which continue, focused on the grounds and gardens, with access to the castle limited to the ballroom. But from early July through Aug. 4, guided tours of “several of the beautiful rooms” inside will be offered, the castle’s website said Wednesday. “You will learn about the origins of the castle and how loved it has been by generations of the royal family,” it added.

Tickets – priced £100 or £150 including afternoon tea – are limited to 40 per day and will sell out quickly. The tours end in early August, when King Charles III and Queen Camilla typically arrive at the estate for the monarch’s summer vacation. Last weekend, Charles made his most high-profile public appearance since revealing a cancer diagnosis earlier this year when he attended an Easter service at Windsor Castle, west of London.

The palace announced in February that he would pause all public engagements while he underwent treatment for the unspecified cancer. It was discovered after he was admitted for surgery for a benign prostate condition.

This story was published via wire agency without modifications to the text. Only the headline has changed.

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