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Buckingham Palace's art gallery has been transformed into an escape room for the summer, and the Queen approves

Mikhaila Friel , Business Insider US
 Jun 26, 2019, 05:10 PM
Buckingham Palace, left, and the Queen's Gallery, right.
Nicolas Economou/ NurPhoto via Getty Images, Royal Collection Trust.
  • The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace has been transformed into a Leonardo da Vinci inspired escape room for the summer.
  • Royal fans are invited to follow the clues hidden within the artwork and work in teams to find their way out of the gallery.
  • It's not known whether the royal family has given the game a test run, but the Queen is made aware of "all activities" featured in the palace, a spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust confirmed to INSIDER.
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Ever wondered what it would be like to spend an evening locked inside Buckingham Palace?

While it's not unusual for the Queen to open her residence up to the public every summer, this year Her Majesty is doing things differently.

The Queen's Gallery - an exhibition space featuring artwork from the Royal Collection Trust - is being transformed into a Leonardo da Vinci themed escape room every Friday and Saturday for the next three months.

The escape room coincides with the "Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing" exhibition, a display featuring 200 of da Vinci's original drawings to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death.

The Queen's Gallery.
Royal Collection Trust

While players don't require prior knowledge of da Vinci, those taking part should use "careful observation, creative thinking, and detective work" to follow the clues hidden in the gallery, according to the official website.

Teams of between four and eight people can play, and each game costs £150 (R2,400) per team. That works out at a maximum of £37.50 (R610.50) per player for a team of four people, and a minimum of £18.75 (R305.25) per player for a team of eight people.

Players will have to follow the clues scattered alongside da Vinci's drawings.
Royal Collection Trust

It's not known whether the royal family have tested out the game for themselves, although a spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust confirmed to INSIDER that "the Queen is aware of all the activities" featured in the palace - so you never know.

The escape room has been approved by the Queen.
Royal Collection Trust.

The palace is currently undergoing a £369 million (R6 billion) renovation, which could take a decade to finish. It comes after reports by specialists that without "urgent work" there is a "risk of serious damage" to the building through a devastating fire or water damage.

Donald Trump recently visited the Queen's residence, where he was hosted by Her Majesty for a lavish state banquet in the palace ballroom. The Queen's team of chefs served an elaborate European bistro menu for the President's visit.

Over the weekend, however, an anonymous source told The Sun that a mouse was spotted in the palace kitchen - a possible indication that the renovation works could take even longer than expected.

To book a game at Buckingham Palace's escape room, visit the Royal Collection Trust's official website. The company are taking bookings every Friday and Saturday until October 5, 2019.

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