Buckingham Palace is among the most sought after image on Google. Google sent its team to the palace to take 360 degree photos of some of its most exquisitely decked up rooms. This was done to enable fans of Buckingham Palace to get a virtual tour of the palace from almost anywhere using their computers and smartphones.
One can log into the official website of British Monarchy Youtube channel to have a look or 3D photos on their mobile phone. It has been one of the prominent digital initiatives adopted by the royal household. As soon as the tour starts, the visitors are greeted by a virtual master of the household and then guided by Anna Reynolds. She is the curator of the palace. It is a 10 minute long footage. Towards the end , the virtual visitors can also see the secret door through which the queen arrives at the reception.
The program me was developed for school children and was created under Google’s Expedition program me. In schools, instead of having a virtual guide, teachers can dictate the tour and point out the attractions readily online.
“For school children and moreover for children world over Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic, magical buildings in the world,” said Jemima Rellie, director of content at the Royal Collection Trust which worked together with Google.
The photos for the tour were taken in early January with a 16-camera rig placed in a circle.