The first ever UK landmark has been made into a Google Virtual Reality (VR). This landmark is the Buckingham Palace in the City of Westminster in London, England. The palace was opened in 1703 as a private home for the royals and is currently the home of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Google VR project, #GoogleExpeditions is letting everyone see Buckingham Palace instead of having to travel in person. There are two guides who take the viewers on a tour of the palace: the curator, Anna Reynolds, and the expedition's programme manager, Jennifer Holland.
They point out the famous paintings furnished by the Royal Collection, rooms, and famous statues. It feels like the viewer is walking through the rooms on their own and in their point of view. With this virtual tour, you can "get a taste of what more than 60,000 of The Queen's guests and over 500,000 visitors to the Summer Opening of the Palace experience each year."
The 3D video can be viewed on a mobile phone or computer so that everyone may get to experience this amazing tour. This programme is intended for the children who go to school so that they have a fun way to look at a palace in London.
"For schoolchildren, 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 on the VR project. Since this is for schoolchildren, it has an entertaining tone and can be completed in 10 minutes.
Go check out Google's Expeditions and get a great view of the inside of Buckingham Palace. The virtual tour is also available on the YouTube channel of the British Monarchy.