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The Buckingham Palace


The Buckingham Palace


The Queen’s official London Residence is one of the capital’s best recognized landmarks. Visit its opulent state rooms for a glimpse pf how the royals live.

Both administrative office and family home, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British Monarch. The palace is used for ceremonial occasions for visiting head of state as well as the weekly meeting between the Queen and the Prime Minister.

John Nash converted the original Buckingham House into a palace for George IV (reigned 1820-30). Both he and his brother, William IV died before work was completed, and Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live at the palace. She added a fourth wing to incorporate more bedrooms and guest rooms.

The Queen’s Gallery. Britain’s royal family possesses one of the finest and most valuable art collections in the world, rich in the work of Old Masters, such as Johannes Vermeer and Leonardo da Vinci.

The changing of the guard. Palace guards, dressed in traditional red tunics and tall furry hats, march from the Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace, parading for 45 minutes while the palace keys are handed over by the old guard to the new at this colourful and musical military ceremony. Crowds gather to watch this striking show of pageantry.


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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    London, SW1, Westminster
  • Underground

    St. James Park, Victoria Green Park

"The official London residence of the British Monarch."

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