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EACH SUMMER, Buckingham Palace opens up the gates to give tourists a glimpse of how the British monarchs live and work.

Of course, not all the 775 rooms in the royal palace in the heart of London are open to the public. Visitors can see the 19 ornate State Rooms, where monarchs receive official guests, plus a special exhibit.

Last summer’s exhibit celebrated the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It included robes, uniforms and dresses that the royal party wore for the 1953 coronation, among them the tiny dress (displayed here in the Throne Room) of then- 2-year-old Princess Anne, the queen’s daughter.

This year, Buckingham Palace will stay open until Sept. 28 showing the “Royal Childhood” exhibit, a tale spanning more than 250 years, told with everything from beloved toys to previously unseen photographs and film footage.

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Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times NWTraveler editor. Contact her at