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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace in London

Buckingham Palace is the permanent residence of the United Kingdom monarchy.

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British Royal Family since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved here three weeks after her coronation. Currently Queen Elizabeth II lives here.

The original building was built in 1705 as a country house by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham. In 1761 King George III bought the house for his wife.

In 1826 King George IV decided to convert the house into a royal palace but he and his successor died before the construction was finished.

The palace was expanded in 1850, adding the east wing, which distributed much of the palace’s rooms and a grand ballroom with more than 40 meters long. The main facade facing the St. James’s Park dates back to 1913.

Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten (Duke of Edinburgh) occupy part of the palace, whilst the rest is used for official events and as residences of some officials.

The palace has 600 rooms, a throne room, a ballroom, a photo gallery, a pool and a large garden.

Buckingham Palace has 52 rooms for the Royal Family and 188 guests rooms for service staff, 78 bathrooms and 92 offices.

Some of these rooms can be visited during the months of August and September when the Royal Family is not in the palace. During the visit you can see a total of 19 rooms such as the Throne Room, the Queen’s Gallery or the Ballroom, which hosts the lavish state banquets. The tour also includes a walk in the palace garden.

Additional information

Location
Buckingham Palace Road
Visiting Hours
Buckingham Palace: August to September from 9:45am to 6pm
Transport
Bus: lines 11, 211, 239, C1 and C10
Metro: stations stopping at Green Park, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner or Scotland Yard
Contact
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7766 7300
Website: http://www.royal.gov.uk/

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