Inside Buckingham Palace as Holly and Phillip tour Queens London residence on This Morning
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield hosted This Morning live from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, in order to celebrate the Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee.
The special edition of the ITV show saw Holly, 41, and Phillip, 60, head into the royal residence and explore the state rooms, gardens and kitchens, with many special guests joining them on the tour.
Presenting duo Holly and Phil couldn't contain their excitement as they arrived at Buckingham Palace together in a private taxi, and arrived to find a red carpet laid out for their grand entrance.
Holly looked stunning for the occasion in a yellow floral dress with her signature blonde locks styled in loose waves, while Phillip looked dapper in a navy blue suit and matching tie.
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Holly and Phil made their way into the reception area of the palace as classical music played in the background.
The enormous space boasts bright red carpets throughout, with brown wood furniture and gold details.
The camera moved to show off a huge fireplace in one corner, while on the opposite side of the room a grand staircase could be seen, with Holly and Phillip revealing that they'd be heading upstairs later on in the show.
The duo continued walking until they reached a large hallway, which was filled with marble detailing and red and gold furnishings.
Holly branded the experience "really overwhelming" as she and Phillip continued to explore the famous palace.
They then entered a spacious room which the presenters explained is used for "special occasions", and Phillip revealed the room leads out "to the Palace's immaculate lawn".
The outside area is where the Queen hosts her annual garden party, and Holly and Phillip couldn't hide their excitement as they stood at the top of the stairs and looked out across the huge green space.
Holly excitedly told viewers: "Are you ready for this view?!" as the camera turned round, revealing a sprawling garden where staff were busy mowing the lawn.
Phillip added: "For a central London garden it is extraordinary how peaceful it is, and anyone that gets the chance to look around, it really is quite a tranquil place."
Horticulturist David Domoney showed viewers around the incredible garden, explaining how the garden boasts 24 rose beds planted for special occasions, such as Prince William's birth and Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh's Golden Wedding anniversary.
David revealed: “Every plant, every tree has a story and that’s what makes it special."
Holly also called the garden "very special" before she and Philip continued their tour and headed back inside, where they were joined by This Morning regular Gyles Brandreth, who has a close bond with a number of Royals including Prince Philip.
Gyles, 74, opened up about the first time he met the Queen, 96, while he was studying at university, with Her Majesty coming to visit the student's union.
The former MP sat in a vast room, which was decorated with off white walls and a regal red carpet.
Two large white columns could be seen joining the floor to the ceiling in the background, creating a cove where beautiful ornaments were displayed.
Speaking to Holly and Phil in the room, Gyles said: "I was very lucky, I was at university, she came to visit the union, the student's union. I was there and I was presented to her, and it was raining. I thought it was very bad that she was being made to carry her own umbrella."
Gyles went on to explain how someone then told him that she likes to carry her own umbrella, as when others hold it for her the rain "trickles down her".
Celebrity chef Phil Vickery was next guest to join Holly and Phil as they discussed all things royal, and he soon headed into the palace kitchens for a rare look around.
The enormous kitchen is where a team of top chefs work around the clock to cater for all palace guests, making incredible dishes and treats.
Phil explained how the kitchen has been there for over 150 years, and while it is "thoroughly modern and updated", it does contain a "few nods to the past".
The space features Victorian-style ovens, a large cast iron rotisserie, and a huge collection of copper pots, which Phil explained are "older than the kitchen itself".
He then met the Royal Household’s Head Chef, Chris Tombling, who gave an insight into the preparations for the Queen's garden party, where around 24,000 guests all head to the palace for the day.
The team make 20,000 sandwiches, 26,000 cups of tea, plus 20,000 cakes including scones, and speaking about how they prepare the sandwiches, Phil said: “They even take off the corners – 20,000 sandwiches!”
Holly and Phillip then made their way into the Palace's enormous Picture Gallery, which is home to a number of famous paintings.
The stunning space boasts patterned wallpaper and a large fireplace, as well as huge cream rugs and a long sofa complete with gold detailing.
Anna Reynolds from the Royal Collection Trust joined the presenting duo, and explained more about the collection of artwork and talked through some of the most notable pieces, including The Shipbuilder by Rembrandt.
The next special guest at the palace was Gok Wan, 47, who spoke about the Queen's iconic style as they celebrated her 70 year reign.
Gok stood in a grand sprawling room decorated in red patterned wall paper. A huge, long white sofa with a gold frame and legs stood behind the fashion presenter along with huge artwork in gold frames, which hung on the walls behind Gok, Holly and Phil.
A mannequin could be seen, which was wearing an outfit worn by Her Majesty at the Diamond Jubilee. The stunning silver outfit was designed by Angela Kelly, the Queen's personal assistant and senior dresser.
Admiring the outfit, Holly said: “It’s the textures, the different textures that have been layered up together… it’s stunning," while Gok added: “You cannot see a single stitch detail, which is absolutely amazing.”
Sam Ryder, 32, who recently represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, then joined Holly and Phillip in the music room at the Palace, which had an ornate white fire place and gorgeous gold detailing around the room.
As Sam sat on a vintage white sofa with a gold trim, he opened up about his recent triumph, and told Holly: “It’s so wonderful watching that [VT] and being around your pals, with that news coming in and all of us just sitting on that couch. We had no expectation of what could possibly happen.”
"We were going there for the enjoyment and music and the whole team just pulled together in such a sportive way, it couldn’t have happened without that team effort," the singer added.
This Morning is available to stream on the ITV Hub.
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