Friday, March 25, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London

Demand for tickets to Buckingham Palace can be high. The box office, located across the street from the Palace, opens at 09:45. Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the Queen and Prince Philip. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence here by the architect John Nash Buckingham House was transformed into a palace.

In 1845 Queen Victoria ordered the Palace to be extended to give more space for her growing family of four children. As part of the changes, Marble Arch, which originally was the entrance to the palace, was moved to a new location on the corner of Hyde Park.

The palace is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy. The Queen receives heads of state to visit the palace and it is here that the Queen has garden parties and bestows knighthoods and other honors.

Home Guards Infantry Division, in its distinctive red tunics and black bearskin, can be seen on guard outside the palace every day. Changing the Guard ceremony is now held every two days in winter, but every day in the summer months.

After a serious fire damaged Windsor Castle in 1993, the Queen allowed the state rooms of the Palace to be opened to the public for the first time, to help paying the bill for repairs to Windsor Castle. When not away, The Queen and Prince Philip spend most weekends at Windsor Castle where you can enjoy horseback riding.

It's worth a visit to London, place that is often called "Buck House", but can be very stressful. Do not wish to see the queen's private pool or garden apartments, and certainly not to meet with Her Majesty. The palace is only open to the public during the summer months, while the Queen was at Balmoral, Castle in Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 7300
Opening Times 

23 July - 03 October 9:45 - 18:30

Adult £17.50
Under 17 £10.00
Under 5 Free
Family £46 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
Senior/Students (with valid ID) £16.00
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London, SW1A 1AA


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