Buckingham Palace, 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. Here is a video clip:

Buckingham Palace, London,

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham 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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