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Buckingham Palace: Through The Ages & Unto the Future

Updated on September 4, 2015

Buckingham Palace


Intriguing Historical Facts

  • The Duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield, originally constructed the building as a country house and named it as “Buckingham House” after his title in 1705. The house was then bought by King George III in 1761 for his wife who got it modified by William Chambers. In 1826, the famous architect John Nash was asked by King George IV to grow the house into a palace.

  • During WW2, Buckingham Palace took 9 direct invasion attacks. On various instants, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth narrowly escaped from being hurt by those inflictions.

  • The balcony of royal residence is perhaps a globally renown occurrence on TV screens. The first ever documented Royal Balcony appearance took place back in 1851, when Queen Victoria was present during the grand celebrations for the Great Exhibition opening. This was the same time that King George VI was cementing the custom of the Royal Air Force fly-past.

  • Today, being one of the very few working palaces in the world, Buckingham Palace is well worth the hype. The well-built structure has an impressive number of 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices and 188 staff bedrooms. Moreover, to reflect the presence of the Monarch in the palace, the Royal Standard flies, otherwise the Union Flag flies.

  • Built as the private hunting grounds for Henry VIII, the large piece of lush green land, encompassing the stunning and beautifully maintained architecture is 39 acres in size, which has always been carefully planned through the centuries. Surprisingly, 99% of the green waste from the Buckingham Palace is recycled, including the twigs, branches, flowers etc.

The Royal Residency Tour: Attractions

The Palace, besides a royal story, has a lot to offer its spades. The magnificent architecture of the Palace makes the visit to London incomplete without a trip to the home of the monarchs. Situated in the heart of London, the Palace is accessible by all means of transportation. Passenger services, minicabs and executive car hire service providers make it easy for the tourists to visit the most treasured historical landmark of Britain.

  • The visitors are greeted with a free audio guide to the palace by the Prince of Wales - Prince Charles. The audio guide and takes the visitors through all 19 State Rooms as well as the special exhibition held annually. The audio guides are available in different languages including English, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Mandarin. An interactive family tour, as well as tours for deaf and blind visitors, are also organized.
  • While visiting the Buckingham Palace, the grand staircase is a must-see. The extravagant bronze staircase is the creation of John Nash, the famous architect who was asked to remodel the Palace back in 1826. The carefully crafted patterns of oak and laurel leaves are still recognized as the finest example of bronze work.
  • Another attraction on the tour is for those who love history and love everything green. The 39 acres of lush gardens offer more than 180 trees and 350 different varieties of wildflowers. This area also includes historic sites such as the tennis court used by King George VI in the 1930s.
  • The visitors’ favourite is the Palace’s majestic Throne Room, which consists of the thrones used on various occasions such as The Queen’s Jubilees. The Throne Room has also been used as the backdrop of many famous royal wedding pictures, including that of Princess Elizabeth.
  • A magnificent collection of Sevres Porcelain grabs the attention of many, which is the world’s finest with pieces obtained from the famous French manufacturer by King George IV. The finely crafted cups and saucers, ornamental vases, broth basins and dejeuners serve to be an ultimate example of elegance and exclusivity.

Open for the public from the end of July to the end of September every year, the splendid architecture and the captivating history the Palace holds, takes the visitor into an enchanted world.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks like a fascinating place.


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