Saturday, 14 December 2013

London – Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace London

If you visit London in August or September you can now see some of the interior of the Queen's Residence – Buckingham Palace.  It was opened to the public in 1993 when the Queen wanted to raise money for restoring her palaces (particularly after the fire at Windsor Castle) rather than asking the Government for it.

Buckingham Palace has only been the monarch's main residence since 1837.  It was originally purchased by George III for his wife Charlotte.  Queen Victoria was the first to use it as a residence and was the first monarch to leave from there to go to her coronation.

The palace was bombed 7 times during World War II – including while the King and Queen were in residence.

Throne Room Buckingham Palace

The Palace has 775 rooms – I wonder who counted them!  In fact as far as royal palaces in Europe go, it is practically small and poky.

Ballroom Buckingham Palace

State Banquets are held in the Ballroom – a very large room indeed.

Guard at Buckingham Palace

And of course, what would a visit to London be without the obligatory shot of the poker faced soldiers of the Guard in the old fashioned hats but with very modern guns!

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