Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is an iconic working palace in London. It’s the residence and the administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.

Buckingham palace London

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Buckingham Palace is the home of the Queen Elizabeth II. It includes the Queen’s personal collection of treasures.

There are 775 rooms in the Palace containing 19 State Rooms. It’s where royal ceremonies and events take place. Example, the Royal Wedding reception for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You can take a Summer Opening tour to explore the Palace’s opulent State rooms. They include fine examples of Sèvres porcelain, marble columns, lavish carpets, sculptures and paintings of famous artists besides to the sublime English and French furniture and antiques.

Each year, the tour features a special exhibition. This year’s limited exhibition is “Fashioning a Reign”. It’s a display of a selection of the Queen’s dresses and accessories worn during special moments from her life, as a celebration of her 90 years birthday.  

The exotic garden of the Buckingham Palace is not to be missed. Covering an area of 42 acre, it contains a lake and numerous species of birds and flowers.

With your ticket, you will get a free audio guide introduced by the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and available in 10 languages.

The Buckingham Palace is the destination of all London visitors to see the sumptuous palace’s rooms or the famous changing guards ceremony.

The changing of the guards:

The changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony when the old guard hand over the palace protection responsibility to the new ones. It takes place between three places: Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Wellington Barracks.

The ceremony starts at 11:30 am daily between April and July and once in two days between August and March.

You are recommended to be at Buckingham Palace one hour in advance to get a good spot.