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BUCKINGHAM PALACE  
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buckingham palace and queen victoria memorial Buckingham Palace and Queen Victoria Memorial.

queen victoria memorial and buckingham palace Royal Coach at Buckingham Palace.

buckingham palace irish guard household division Entrance guarded by a solder from the Irish Guards,  a regiment in the battalion of the Houshold Division

the queen's guard band Bank of the Irish Guards at the changing of the guard.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Opening Hours: Buckingham Palace is open to the public 2012 from 31 July to 30 September as part of the Palace's Summer Opening. Exclusive tours on selected dates from 27 December to 29 January and from 31 March to 29 April.

The Mall is open to walkers at all times.

Cost: General tour from £18 ($27). Exclusive tour from £65 ($100)

Facilities: see St Jamses' Park.

Events: 2012 special exhibition, Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration
From 31 July to 30 September. Spectacular exhibition showing the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years.

Changing the Guard takes place at 11:30 daily from May until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting.

Further Information: Buckingham Palace


buckingham palace sight 4sight 9  BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham Palace has been the principal residence and administrative headquarters of the British monarch since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. Prior to that the Monarch lived in St James’s Palace which, as the Court of St James, is still today the Sovereigns' official residence.

Originally built as a large townhouse in 1705 by Duke of Buckingham, it was purchased by George III as a private residence. Since then it has been enlarged and re-designed several times, noticeably by; Sir William Chambers in 1762 for George III; John Nash in 1826 for George IV who doubled its size and turned it into a palace and; Sir Aston Webb who in 1903 added the facade, gates and railings we see today.

Buckingham Palace in now the largest palace in Britain and within its walls contains the largest private garden in London. The grand approach to the palace is called the Mall. A 1km road laid out like a giant red carpet with Admiralty Arch at one end and the Queen Victoria Memorial at the other.



Decorated and furnished with priceless works of art the State Rooms are regularly used by The Queen and members of the royal family for State entertaining, official ceremonies and investitures. In addition to the 19 State rooms there are 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and a 36m long, 18m wide and 13m high Ballroom.

The State Rooms are open to the general public most days between June and October each year. Before the present-day flat front was built onto Buckingham Palace the inner courtyard was 'open' on the side that faced the Mall. Marble Arch, moved in 1851 to the top of Park Lane, was placed on this open eastern frontage as the official ceremonial entrance.

Traditionally only members of the royal family and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, were allowed to enter the palace through the arch.


More than 50,000 people visit the palace each year as guests of the Royal Household to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the Royal Garden Parties.

The monarch have several other homes in Britain so to denote they are in residents at Buckingham Palace the Royal Standard is flown on the large roof flag pole.

The official entrance to Buckingham Palace is guarded by The Queen's Guard, troopers of the Household Cavalry. The changing of the guard, which occurs most days at 11:30am in the forecourt, has become one of London’s most popular tourist attractions and is free to watch.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace:
March 2012 - odd days, ie 1, 3, 5, etc.
April 2012 - even days, ie 2, 4, 6, etc.

full daily guard listing