Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence and is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family. The palace was originally built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham.

The Palace is located between The Green Park, Hyde Park and St. James’s Park.

State Rooms, Ballroom & Gardens
Buckingham Palace’s 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens are open to visitors during August and September while the Queen makes her annual visit to Balmoral.

The State rooms house some of the Royal family’s greatest treasures including paintings and the finest French and English furniture. Visit the spectacular Palace Ballroom and tour the Palace gardens with views of the west front of the Palace and the lake.

Changing the Guard
The Changing the Guard ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 every day in summer, every other day in winter.

The New Guard marches to the Palace from Wellington Barracks with a Guards band, the Old Guard hands over in a ceremony during which the sentries are changed and then returns to barracks. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and is free to watch.

Victoria Memorial
The Victoria Memorial is the golden statue of Queen Victoria which sits in front of the Palace facing down The Mall

The Queen’s Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation.

Only a small part of the collection is on display at any time so the objects on display are continuously rotated making it worthy of repeat visits.

The Royal Mews
The Royal Mews houses the State vehicles used by the Royal Family for coronations, State Visits and royal weddings. The stables are also home to the horses that take part in The Queen’s official and ceremonial duties.

source: tourist-information-uk.com

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