Sixteen cameras, known as a Jump camera rig, placed in a circle were used to film the tour

VR tour of Buckingham Palace accessible on YouTube

Buckingham Palace has released a freely available virtual reality (VR) tour of some of its state rooms on YouTube.

Although they are not able to move, virtual visitors can stand at various spots around the building, including the bottom of the grand staircase and in the picture gallery, to experience near 360-degree views of the space.

Other highlights include tours of the lavishly decorated Green and White drawing rooms and the ballroom, where knighthoods and OBE's are presented by the Queen during investitures, all accompanied by a virtual tour guide.

Buckingham Palace has teamed up with Google to create the project under its ‘Expedition pioneer programme’, which is made as an educational tool for schools.

16 cameras, known as a Jump camera rig, placed in a circle were used to take the pictures last week.

The tours can be experienced using the Google Cardboard platform, named after the material it is made from; Cardboard is a simple housing designed for a smartphone with lenses embedded into the device.

Viewers can look through the lenses to experience basic VR using the smartphone’s screen.

Google released an update to the YouTube app in November that lets users access a range of VR videos.

The Buckingham Palace tour video is already available on the app and in a desktop browser, along with other experiences. Using a master tablet running Google's Expedition app, teachers have been able to use Google Cardboard to take their pupils to other destinations such as Japan's Mount Fuji or the Borneo rainforest.

Jemima Rellie, director of content and audiences at the Royal Collection Trust which has collaborated with Google for the project, said: "For schoolchildren, Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic, magical buildings in the world.

"We're terrifically excited that, thanks to the virtual reality potential of Google Expedition, children, their teachers and families can visit the palace wherever they live."

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