Playing host to state banquets and royal weddings, along with private family meals and Christmas celebrations, it is little surprise that the royals all have beautiful dining rooms inside their homes.
From the private dining room at Sarah Ferguson's home with Prince Andrew to the Queen's State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace, which played host to Prince William and Kate's royal wedding reception, keep scrolling to see inside the most impressive royal dining rooms…
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's home, Royal Lodge Windsor
Sarah Ferguson revealed several glimpses inside the dining room at Royal Lodge Windsor during the coronavirus lockdowns in the UK, when she was filming her Storytime with Fergie and Friends series.
Some of the videos were filmed at the dining table, which she had covered with a white table cloth and an assortment of props related to the books she was reading. The room has pale orange walls, with a table holding a large ornate lamp positioned next to a set of white double doors.
The Queen's Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse
To mark Holyrood Week, the Queen gave a rare insight into the Palace of Holyroodhouse's Royal Dining Room, named by Queen Victoria. It has pistachio green walls and red carpets, with a long banqueting table at its centre.
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The Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace
The State Dining Room [above] was unfurnished when Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace in 1837, but she put her own stamp on the space by arranging paintings on the long wall and adding her cipher above the doors. The room was used to host Prince William and Kate's wedding reception in 2011, while the summer exhibition at the palace in 2019 showed how the dining room looked when it was set up for a Victorian dinner party.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's home, Highgrove House
Royal fans got a glimpse inside Prince Charles' royal residence Highgrove House in Gloucestershire in 1980, just before he moved into the property. A photo of the dining room revealed a large table with space for six guests, floral curtains and two mounted candelabras on the walls.
The Queen's home, Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle's State Dining Room was one of the most badly damaged rooms in the fire that engulfed the residence in 1992. However, much of the historic furniture survived the blaze, so the room was decorated to restore its original appearance, with a rich red and gold colour palette, and a long dining table at the centre of the room.
But there is also a very grand setting for state banquets such as this one. A dining table spans the length of the room, while a red carpet and gold candelabra add luxurious touches.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia's Royal Palace of Madrid
The dining room at the Royal Palace of Madrid is incredibly lavish, with tapestries hanging on the walls, red and gold curtains hanging at the windows and huge chandeliers hung from the ceilings. For the wedding of King Felipe and Queen Letizia, it had one long dining table down the centre of the room, lined with chairs for their guests at the reception.
Princess Marie-Chantal's New York townhouse
Artwork showing Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal's children as youngsters takes pride of place on the shelves above the breakfast booth. It's a space where Marie-Chantal loves to continue a family tradition: "My father was carving out his career but he still had breakfast with us all," she told HELLO! magazine.
Photo: Kate Martin
The formal dining room, meanwhile, is dominated by a tiger painting and lacquered table, and features a chandelier that is one of few reminders from when Marie-Chantal's parents used to live there.
Photo: Kate Martin
The Queen's country home, Sandringham House
The dining room at the Queen's country estate, Sandringham House, still features a lot of Queen Mary's influence. The walls feature pale green wooden panelling and striking Spanish tapestries, with an open fireplace and mahogany dining table that looks like the perfect setting for a dinner party.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit's Skaugum estate
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway shared a rare look at the informal dining room in their family home, Skaugum, during the coronavirus pandemic. The space has a light wooden dining table flanked by two grey sofas, and a rattan pendant light hanging overhead.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's Noordeinde Palace
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of Belgium's dining room at one of their royal residences, Noordeinde Palace, has a lavish cream and gold colour palette with chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light.