Buckingham Palace was a home to the royal family constructed by the Duke of Buckingham for his beloved wife. It was George IV who later began transforming it.
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Who resides in Buckingham Palace now?
Buckingham Palace isn’t just the royal residence for Her Majesty, The Queen and Prince Philip. It is also the residence of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. As well as for the Earl and Countess of Wessex: Prince Edward together with his wife and daughter.
Buckingham Palace is also an Office
The Queen, welcomes and entertains her international and local visitors here.
A portion of the palace is now being occupied by the royal family as their official residence. There is a flag hoisted every time the queen is present in the house. The palace isn’t just home for the queen and the rest of the royalties. It also houses majority if the staff. There are 600 beautifully designed rooms which includes the picture gallery, ballroom, and a living area. There is also a relaxing swimming pool.
In summertime, some room are open for visitors – if the Royal Family isn’t at the palace. You can have a glimpse of the lavishly adorned State Rooms: Green Drawing Room, Silk Tapestry Rooms, the Throne Room, State Dining Room, Picture Gallery, Music RoomBlue Drawing Room, and White Drawing Room can all be accesses through the excursion to the Buckingham Palace.
The palace’s stables as well as the Royal Mews may also be visited. You can also visit the Queen’s Gallery with all sorts of exhibits of the royal art collections and artifacts.
Things to Watch at Buckingham Palace Tour
Changing of the Guards
The shifting of the guards happen before Buckingham Palace every eleven o’clock.
Detachment parades are always filled with bright colors from the Mall going to the Buckingham Palace, the Old Guards are also being replaced. The service, which can be held together with the music bands playing with the joyful beat of the instruments.
The State Rooms
There are 775 rooms at Buckingham Palace including the 19 State Rooms and 78 bathrooms. The State Rooms are a package of lavishly decorated public rooms at Buckingham Palace. This is where the monarch rewards, receives and entertains her subjects and dignitaries. Several of these rooms were used for the Royal Wedding reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate). A Summer Opening tour is available for you, you can see the State Rooms as part of the excursion. These chambers have been awash with damask background, marble columns carpets, candelabra, fine furniture, sculpture and works of art.
The Royal Mews
The Royal Mews provide a road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family on both motor vehicle and horse-drawn carriages and is a significant branch of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office. The most notable of the trainers on display is that of the Gold Country Coach: constructed in 1762 for George III and employed for each coronation ceremonies since the 1821. It’s very massive that it requires a total of eight horses to keep it going. The Windsor Greys are some of the horses found in the stables, in the Mews of the Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery is a must-see in the palace comprising of the various royal artifacts and state of the art collections and works. Founded in 1962, it has become the place for the private chapel of the Palace. You can have access to the Royal Collections through this gallery; there are wonderfully arranged exhibitions from abroad and of course locally. There are a total of three amazing exhibits to witness there.
Clarence House is the official residence of both royalties such as The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. There, the Royal Highness receive official guests from overseas on behalf of the nation they represent, it brings together individuals from all walks of life.
Clarence House is an important part of the nation.This house underwent crucial renovation and redecoration through the years.
There was once a park which is part of Buckingham Palace called the Green Park. It was the favorite retreat of the famous Charles II during his days. The Green Park is a triangle of grasslands and mature trees. It provide a quiet escape right next to Buckingham Palace.
There is a variety of shrub species and numerous kinds of birds. There’s also few bathrooms in Green Park Underground station, although there are no public bathrooms. Kiosks are at Canada Gate and Ritz Corner, serving a selection of ice cream and snacks with variety of beverages.
Buckingham Palace Gardens
The garden of the Buckingham Palace are open to people of the State Rooms. They will have the chance to walk across the south east of the garden. About 500 yards away is its newest exit in the Grosvenor Place.
Visitors may take a break following a route and take a comfy seat in some beautiful benches. Visitors will also passed by big trees and may also have a chit chat with the polite and joyful gardeners.
Household Cavalry Museum
The Household Cavalry Museum explores the vibrant history of the senior regiment of the British Army that resulted to establishment in the 1661. The elegant displays of their uniforms, the colorful horse fittings standards, awards, and instruments are found here.
Fascinating rare displays, dazzling uniforms, and many other amazing historical objects may be viewed via a glass partition. The troopers in the stables preparing their horses can also be seen. You may be able to try on their actual helmets and cuirass. There are audio-visual presentations, interactive screens, all combined with the chance to witness the daily Guard Change or the Horse Guards at 10:50 (09:50 Sundays), the Guard Inspection (16:00) or mounted sentry changes of the hour (10:00 – 16:00).
The Victoria Monument
Directly in front of Buckingham Palace is the memorial of the Queen Victoria, designed by Sir Aston Webb, with sculpture by Sir Thomas Brock.
The monument is 25 meters high and used tonnes of white Carrara marble. There are also statues representing courage and valor.
The layout is similar with the Memorial Gardens. The central monument is by Sir Thomas Brock. King George V unveiled the Memorial in 1911.
The museum is packed with several artifacts and all sorts of information about the Foot Guards and its five regiments including the following: Welsh Guards, Grenadier, Scots, Coldstream, and Irish. Thre’s also this chronological display of regimental uniforms and the many arts, weapons, and versions. Entering the Birdcage 28 through the main entrance, you’ll see the miniature military collectors must pay a visit to the store on the right.
The Guards Museum opened for the very first time in 1988. It states the story of the regiment from the 17th century until today. The presentations include many kinds of Guard uniforms, (Dresses evolved over the years from five regiments), including also beautiful models, sculptures, paintings, weapons, and works of art such as silver chaos.
Hours: Open today · 9:30AM–7:30PM