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Buckingham Palace Ė Since 1837 Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the Britain's sovereigns. The first sovereign to take up residence in Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria.

King George III bought the house form the Duke of Buckingham in 1761 and later King George IV expanded the house and turned it into palace. In 1913 Sir Aston Webb was commissioned to redesign the faÁade of the palace. A monument of Queen Victoria is erected in front of the palace.

Buckingham Palace is situated between Green Park and St. Jamesís Park at the end of The Mall in London Ė this broad approach to the palace was also created by Ashton Webb.

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. The palace has a floor space of 77,000 sq. m. and measures 180 by 120 metres. The principal floor contains state rooms, including the Music Room, the White and Blue Drawing rooms. The Picture Gallery is found at the centre of the ornate suite, which serves as a corridor and links the state rooms. It is not only the official residence of the British monarch but also an administrative headquarters. About 300 people work here including the domestic staff. The British flag is raised when the Queen is in the palace.

Buckingham Palace is decorated with priceless works of art and is lavishly furnished. It has a 40 meters long ballroom. The State rooms are open to the public during the summer. The Royal Mews are also open to the public and are worth visiting. The Changing of the Guard is one of the top attractions in London so donít miss it - it takes place at 11:30 daily from May to the end of July. In August the Guard Change is on odd days and in September on even days.(if the weather permits)
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Where is Buckingham Palace: Buckingham Palace SW1A

How to get to Buckingham Palace: Subway - Jubilee, Victoria, Piccadilly lines to Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner station.

Opening Hours: During the summer months from 09:45 - 18:00

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Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard

Queen Victoria Monument Buckingham Palace London
Queen Victoria Monument Buckingham Palace

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User Comments about Buckingham Palace

dery says:
Changing of the guard ceremony was fun to watch! Very exciting!

Amorie van Straaten says:
Being there was totally different from what I imagined I saw on TV. Everything in London seems so huge. South African towns seem like 'toy towns' after my visit to London.