Buckingham Palace is one of the most staggering royal residences in King Charles' property portfolio. With 775 mysterious rooms, rumours of hidden tunnels connecting the palace with the outside world, and a little-known-about swimming pool built in 1938, the royal headquarters isn't without its secrets.
The so-called secret Buckingham Palace pool was commissioned by King George VI so that his daughters, Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth, could swim without attracting any outside attention. Edna Healey writes in The Queen’s House: A Secret History of Buckingham Palace: "In summer 1938 it was decided to build 'a swimming bath and squash court on the north side of the Palace in one of Nash’s conservatories.''"
Sophie Winkleman, wife of Lord Frederick Windsor and star of noughties sitcom Peep Show, confirmed the Buckingham Palace pool was very much still in use when she told Tatler that the late Queen Elizabeth II insisted she use the pool to recover from a car accident injury.
After admitting to the late Queen her physiotherapy wasn't working, the monarch replied: "We can’t have that. You have to go in the water."
Sophie continued: "She told us that when horses had broken backs, they swam, and so she let me use her pool at Buckingham Palace. That’s the reason I got better. It was so typically thoughtful."
Keep reading to discover everything we know about the Buckingham Palace pool…