The Queen’s ‘secret’ passage hidden behind a mirror at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognisable buildings in Britain.

The lavish residence boasts 770 rooms that have been the setting for historic and privileged guests for decades.

And the most famous resident is of course, the Queen, who has lived at the palace for the majority of her reign.

But a palace the size of Buckingham inevitably carries a few secrets.

Not least a concealed passageway that allows the Queen to move around and surprise guests.

The White Drawing Room is one of three semi-state rooms that were originally created as apartments for George IV.

The rooms, including the Crimson and Green Drawing room, are now used by the Queen for entertaining.

But, what some guests might not know, is that the Monarchy arrives to greet distinguished guests through her secret passage.

  • The Queen's strict bathroom demand for staff to follow every morning

The secret door allows the Queen to make an entrance that guests won't forget.

The door, leading to the monarchy's private apartments, is hardly noticeable to the naked eye.

According to the Royal website: “The Queen enters the room via a hidden door disguised as a mirror and cabinet before receiving guests.

“Ambassadors and High Commissioners from across the world present their 'credentials' (a kind of formal CV) to Her Majesty when they take up their positions in London.

“For larger events, the room is often used for key guests to be presented to The Queen before everyone moves into the surrounding State Rooms to mingle.”

Ans over the years the room has been used as the backdrop for the Queen's annual Christmas broadcast and family photographs.

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