Staff from the Royal Collection and the National Autistic Society with Autism Friendly AwardBuckingham Palace has been awarded the Autism Friendly Award from the National Autistic Society. This accolade recognises Royal Collection Trust's commitment to making its facilities as accessible as possible for autistic people.

The Palace has been recognised for its provision of advance information on the Royal Collection Trust website for people visiting the Summer Opening of the State rooms at Buckingham Palace, including a helpful guide developed specifically for autistic visitors in collaboration with an autism consultant, and clear contact details for visitors who want to make enquiries about access before or after a visit. A pilot scheme to run quiet tours of the State Rooms during the Christmas and New Year period, for autistic visitors and their families who prefer to view the Palace in a calmer environment has been commended, along with the accessibility training and the high level of disability awareness among front line staff at the Palace. This follows on from Windsor Castle receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

Jemima Rellie, Director of Content and Audiences, Royal Collection Trust said, "We are thrilled to be receiving this award recognising the work we do to ensure that visitors on the autism spectrum feel welcome at Buckingham Palace. We endeavour to make the Palace accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible, and we hope that the award will encourage more people to visit and experience this magnificent royal residence."

Carol Povey and Tim Knox holding the Autism Friendly Award Carol Povey, Director of The Centre for Autism and Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018, photographer Ian Jones

Mark Lever, Chief Executive at the National Autistic Society, said, “We’re delighted that Royal Collection Trust are ensuring that they are accessible to autistic people and their families to enjoy.

"Like anyone, autistic people and their families want the opportunity to enjoy days out and rich historical heritage sites, but many can find activities like this overwhelming and avoid them altogether.

“This is why it’s so encouraging to see a growing number of attractions and businesses trying to become more accessible and adapting their everyday practices. As we’ve found helping organisations achieve our own Autism Friendly Award, it’s often the smallest changes that make the biggest difference. For instance making sure that staff are aware of autism, and that there are quieter places for autistic visitors to go if they're feeling overwhelmed.

"We hope that other attractions and businesses will be inspired by Buckingham Palace and do their bit to help make sure autistic people and their families have the same opportunities as everyone else."

Read more about our Autism Friendly Award.

More information for autistic visitors to Buckingham Palace.