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: