Although the majority of the time Royal gates aren’t electric gates, that doesn’t make them any less stunning to us here at Portcullis. We’ve collated some of the most beautiful palace gates into a top five. From the obvious choice of Buckingham Palace to the Winter Palace, wrought with iron and gold, are some of the most intricate and incredible gates we know of.
Buckingham Palace is an obvious choice, it’s Britain’s most famous palace. Home to the Queen of England and located in the City of Westminster, it is one of the main tourist attractions when people visit london. Acquired in 1761 and enlarged in the 19th Century, these gates protect the weekday home of the Queen and Prince Philip and the gilded gates that were completed by Bromsgrove Guild have become famous too.
Palace of Versailles
Versailles is now a wealthy suburb of paris and the court of Versailles was once the the hub of political power in France. Today, the palace is a huge tourist attraction with many travelling from the centre of Paris to see the incredible gardens and art exhibited there. The beautiful golden gates that you see today are known as ‘The Royal Fence’ and were restored to to this masterpiece in 2009.
Kensington Palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Will and Kate. A royal Residence since the 17th Century set in Kensington Gardens, the house is beautiful and the state rooms are open to the public. The gates you see here became the focus of public mourning when Princess Diana died in 19997, over 1,000,000 bouquets were placed at the foot of them.
Built during a busy period of construction in Vienna, The Belvedere consists of two Baroque palaces – The Upper and Lower Belvedere, the Orangery and the Palace Stables – thanks to commander-in-chief Prince Eugene. The grounds are extensive, and like many other palaces today, they are a tourist attraction to most. They have many tiered fountains, Baroque structures and these incredibly majestic wrought iron gates.