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Buckingham Palace

Top Tourist Spot in London

Buckingham Palace is the London residence for the British Monarch and is located in Westminster. It was constructed in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham in a site that was under private ownership for over 150 years. The Palace became the official residence of the Royals in 1837 after the monarchy was taken by Queen Victoria. Renovation of the palace started from 1762 when King George III took the Monarchy and the palace consisted of, one centered Courtyard with three wings, after 75 years of work. In 1837, another complete wing was added and the last renovation took place in 1913.

Buckingham Palace houses over 400 people to help in activities in the palace. The palace is also a wonderful tourist attraction as over 50,000 people visit the palace every year. The public is allowed on all days and at some times, visitors are allowed to have a look at all personal accessory like gowns, jewels and furnishings. The west wing has the state rooms and visitors are permitted to enter the wing in the month of August and September. The Queen’s gallery is open full time and visitors can see all collections owned by Britain. Paintings and artwork created by famous artists are exhibited. Tourists visit the Royal Mews to see the Golden State Coach (official coach for state functions) and horses in the Royal stables.

Big Function - The Changing of Guards

Visitors love to watch the Guard Mounting Ceremony outside the palace. The changing of guards happens like a big function where four guards are replaced by four new guards and a military march is played. The tradition is followed since 1660 and even today people eagerly wait for the ceremony every day at 11.30 outside the palace. The ceremony schedule is different for summer and winter. When weather conditions are bad, the ceremony is cancelled. There is a 40 acre garden with beautiful flowers and visitors enjoy wonderful lake views from the garden. Green Park Station is at north of the palace and Victoria station at the south and there are frequent ground transportation facilities.
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