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Buckingham Palace- A Must-See when you Visit London

Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace

One of the interesting facts about Buckingham Palace is that it has been the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837, which means it is steeped in British history, with room after room set in wealth and luxury. Buckingham Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty, The Queen, and is used not only as a home, but is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy. It is truly one of the London attractions that are imperative to experience.

There are so many interesting facts about Buckingham Palace, but on my visit the one that caught my attention was that it suffered nine direct bomb hits during the Second World War. On several occasions King George VI (the subject of the movie “The King’s Speech”) and Queen Elizabeth were in the Palace and narrowly escaped being killed.

Buckingham Palace Is Only Open in Late Summer

Buckingham Palace

It receives 50,000 tourists every day it is open, but please note that the public can only tour in August and September when the Queen is not in residence. Positioned in St. James Park in the Westminster district just west and within walking distance of some of the main London tourist attractions, such as Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, it is also a five minute walk to two London tube stations.

Another interesting fact about Buckingham Palace is its sheer size: with 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms, it is a massive structure to behold. The Queen’s regular audiences with the British Prime Minister traditionally take place in The Queen’s Audience Room. During the war, King George VI’s audiences with Winston Churchill were less formal – the two helped themselves to food from a buffet before sitting down to talk in privacy. Near the end of the tour, in the White Drawing Room, can you spot the venue for great Royal ceremonies and State visits. It is 108 meters long, 120 meters deep and 24 meters high.

A flag always flies above Buckingham Palace. When The Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flies, and when the Sovereign is not present, the Union Flag flies instead. A flag sergeant has the role of raising and lowering the right flag as The Queen arrives at or departs from the Palace. A little known interesting fact about Buckingham Palace is that it is not the private property of the Queen as an individual, to dispose of as she wishes. Like Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyrood Palace, which is The Queen’s summer residence in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland, Buckingham Palace is held by The Queen as Sovereign.

These are just a few of the interesting facts about Buckingham Palace, and one of the trips that you should try to take in. As stated earlier, public tours only take place in August and September, but if you can plan your trip to London in that time period, do it by all means. London is absolutely lovely that time of year, and one of the great cities when your making your plans for  a European trip .

 

 

 


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