GOOGLE is offering a new virtual reality tour of Buckingham Palace so you can be guided around the Queen's residence from the comfort of your home.
The Royal Collection Trust, the charity which manages the historic building, has teamed up with Google Expeditions to take users on a free ‘virtual field trip’ of the palace from anywhere in the world, simply by using their smart phone, from today.
And while the Queen hasn’t had the chance to try out the experience for herself as she is still in residence at Sandringham, it is understood that she is aware of the project and has given it her seal of approval.
The Buckingham Palace Expedition contains material shot at the residence just last week, using 16 ‘Google jump cameras’ on a circular tripod, each taking a different picture shot at the same time.
These have been knitted together to make one seamless piece of panoramic footage which will allow anyone viewing it to experience the scene in every direction, as if they were in the room themselves.
The high resolution technology is now so sophisticated that it is impossible to see the borders where the pictures are spliced together, offering viewers an uncannily realistic