Buckingham Palace: A key destination for visitors to London


Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London

This evening, I am focusing on Buckingham Palace, the principal residence of the British monarchy and a major tourist attraction. Here are some key facts:
  • Originally built 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham.
  • Acquired by King George III in 1761.
  • Enlarged in 19th century by architects John Nash and Edward Blore.
  • Became an official Royal residence on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
  • Queen’s Gallery was built and opened in 1962.
  • Located at opposite end of the Mall from Admiralty Arch and close to a triumvirate of parks: Green Park, Hyde Park and St James’s Park.
  • Open to the public during August and September each year.
  • The famous Changing of the Guard  ceremony takes place at 11.30am every day in summer and on alternate days during winter.
Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace, London, England

Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace, London, England


 Horse drawn vehicle passing Buckinham Palace

A visit to the Palace and/or Changing of the Guard  is almost  mandatory in course of a tour of  London.

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