Buckingham Palace is one of the symbols of London and a must-see for tourists. If you're in London, you have to visit the palace and its surroundings – not only to see its architecture, but also the famous guards, preferably during the changing of the guard. Buckingham Palace is also open to the public, so if you want to see its interior, it is also an unusual opportunity.
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of British monarchs, which dates from the early eighteenth century. It is considered the largest royal palace in the world who still performs its function and is officially ruled by a queen. The royal standard is particularly noteworthy – when hanging on a full-height, it means that the monarch is staying at the palace. If it is removed, then this means that she left.
Palace impresses with its Baroque style. It was built in 1705. Initially it served as the residence for the Duke of Buckingham. In 1761 its owner was the King of Great Britain, George III. Then the palace began to act as his private residence. In the following years it changed his appearance – it was expanded. In 1837 Buckingham Palace became the official residence for British monarchs.
Today, the palace is not only the residence of Queen Elizabeth II in London, but also a place of organization a number of important state ceremonies, as well as political meetings, presidents and monarchs of other countries meet here with the queen. Also, it is a very important symbol for the city and the United Kingdom. Here that after the death of Queen Diana people met to mourn her and submitted flowers.
State Rooms are now open to the public. You can see the inside of the palace, as well as various exhibitions and exhibits, including paintings. This is a unique opportunity to see how live the queen and the royal family. The interior of the palace impresses with its appearance – beautiful furniture, decorations, glittering chandeliers and works of art.
To Buckingham Palace can be reached very easily. It is located at the intersection of Birdcage Walk, The Mall, Buckingham Palace Road, near Victoria Street. The palace is surrounded by picturesque Green Park and the Royal Mews – the royal stables, where one can watch richly decorated carriages.
To explore the whole of Buckingham Palace you should spend at least 2 hours. You can pre-book tickets to see the State Rooms and other sights, especially during the summer, because then most tourists come into the palace. You can also take advantage of the special offer Royal Day Out, which includes a visit he Queen's Gallery, the Royal Mews and the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace on the same day, then the whole trip takes about 4-5 hours, but worth it to decide to see all major sights in the area. Tickets can be booked now via the internet or directly over the counter. You should, however, use the online option to save your time. More information on booking and ticket prices can be found on the website of Buckingham Palace.
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