Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen, who
as head of state hosts many state receptions inside the palace.
Since 1993 (partly as a consequence of a disastrous fire which
devastated parts of Windsor Castle) a portion of the palace has
been open to the public in July
and August. The tour takes in many state rooms and to avoid long
queues it is advisable to book in
advance -details below. Also open to the public are the Royal
Mews where the state coaches are on
display, details. From the gates of Buckingham Palace and from
different spots along the Mall one can view the daily spectacle
of the changing of the guard, times.
The palace has over
600 rooms, although the Queen and her husband the Duke of
Edinburgh live in only 12 of them in a suite overlooking Green
Park. The palace is the
official residence of H.M. the Queen, who as head of state hosts
many state receptions
inside. If the flag (the Royal Standard) is flying it means the
Queen is inside the palace.
George 1V initiated
the building of Buckingham Palace around 1819
and after many wrangles with parliament over its finance
construction finally got under way with architect John Nash.
However wrangles and redesign continued to plague the palace (its
original entrance was the Marble Arch, now removed to Marble Arch
near Oxford Street) until its present facade was built by architect
Recored information 0171 799 2331; Group bookings and
enquiries 0171 839 1377; Advance credit card bookings
0171 321 2333
Description :Magnificentl palace with important works of art
in central London. Official residence of HM
Queen. Tour of numerous state rooms.
Location : In the
middle of Green Park, central London. No
parking. Nearest underground stations: St. Jame's Park,
Green Park & Victoria
8th August- 5th October, 9.30am-4.30pm daily
Adults £9.00 Children (under 17)£5.00 (under 5) Free
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