Pupils at two schools in north London were among children from all over the country given special access to Buckingham Palace.

Classes from Oak Lodge in East Finchley and Sacred Heart Primary in Islington toured the King’s official residence after doors were kept open exclusively for them during the first week of term.

Educational activities were held in the State Rooms including the Throne Room, all now closed to the public until next summer.

“Their eyes lit up seeing the splendour and grandeur of Buckingham Palace,” Oak Lodge history teacher Sally Adams said.

“Nothing is as good for youngsters with special needs as seeing and doing it for themselves — a magnificent way to start the new school year.”

School groups including home education and special educational needs toured to the Palace, along with youngsters from faith, State and private schools.

They had the ‘visitor’ route to themselves to see the Coronation robes and historic items used by monarchs down the ages.

Opening official royal palaces to the public is managed by the Royal Collection Trust which also offers schools free resources and online sessions throughout the year.