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Buckingham Palace. 'The Official Principal Residence of the British Monarch', in other words the London home of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. When Her Majesty is in residence her Royal Standard flies from the mast.
Buckingham Palace facts and history. Originally a country house built for the Duke of Buckingham. In 1825 George V1 commissioned John Nash to remodel the existing house into a palace where he could then hold Court and conduct official business. In 1837 only three weeks after her Accession Queen Victoria took up residence, adding a new wing in 1840. In 1913 the East Facade was remodeled to what you see today. One of the most famous buildings in the World.
The Palace State Rooms are open to the public for two months each summer, August and September, with 18 rooms to view,
including the Throne Room and State Room. There is always high demand for tickets.
Visit the Queen's Gallery, housing an changing series of exhibits from the Royal Collection, open all year. Immediately in front the Palace is the Queen Victoria Memorial, unveiled in 1911 constructed in finest white marble . Topped by a gilded Victory and surrounded by four figures.
Particularly popular with visitors is the
Changing the Guard Ceremony.
Held daily at 11.30 am in summer, and on alternate days in winter.
Leaving their barracks at 11.00 am sharp,
the new guard as they are known, march to the Palace.
taking over from the old guard, all to the accompaniment of a military band.
Nearby is St James Park, a nice place for a relaxing lakeside walk.
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