The Buckingham Palace was built way back in 1702 and the palace also served as the residence of Queen Charlotte. Ever since its inception, the palace has undergone renovations a number of times but the original architectural grandeur has remained intact.
Today, Buckingham Palace is the residential abode of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Not only this, the palace also serves as the administrative headquarters of the British monarchy. The palace also serves as the venue where Her Majesty meets and entertains guests.The 45-minute change of guards ceremony at the Buckingham Palace is witnessed by thousands of locals and tourists each year.
As far as art and paintings are concerned, the Buckingham Palace in London has one of the world’s richest collections of art works. These are displayed in the State Rooms and great works of art from legends like Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin and Claude can be seen at the palace.
The grandiose State Dining Room located to the west of the palace is a room worth visiting where many distinguished persons have dined in the past with Her Majesty.
There is also the Music Room where guests are introduced to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Music Room was the place where the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Prince William were christened.
The regal and grandiose Drawing Room and the marvelous Bow Room are worth visiting. The Bow Room was built for King George IV to serve as a library but it never materialized.
- The palace doubles up as a venue for Royal Ceremonies like State visits and investitures and, every year, more than 50,000 people visit the palace as guests to banquets, lunch and dinner receptions.
- The original edifice did not have a spacious room for entertainment. It was due to the pioneering efforts of Queen Victoria that an exclusive ballroom, which was all of 36.6 m long, 18 m wide and 13.5 m high, was built in the year 1853.
The Buckingham Palace is located between St. James Park, the Green Park and Hyde Park in London. Victoria and St. James Park are the nearest tube stations. Charring Cross railway station is also only a short distance away.
The Buckingham Palace is open from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm with an extended half an hour in August, with the last admission at 3.45 pm.
Nearby Attractions: Wellington Arch, St. James Theater, Westminster Cathedral, the May Fair