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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is situated in the heart of England's capital, London © www.britainonview.com

In England we don’t like anyone to get above their station, do we? And that goes for buildings too. And so, Buckingham Palace, majestically looming at the end of the Mall, official London residence of the British monarchs since 1837, with state rooms containing masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens and some of the world’s finest English and French furniture, not to mention being the home of the world-famous Changing the Guard ceremony (and of course, not to mention the world-famous Queen), becomes affectionately known as “Buck House”.

As if we could all just pop round for a cup of tea and a custard cream if we fancied it!

In fact, the Palace does receive more than 50,000 guests a year at various banquets, receptions, dinners and the annual Royal Garden Party. It is a working building containing administration offices as well as the Throne Room, Ball Room, rooms for entertaining and the Queen’s private office and apartments.

You might also visit Buckingham Palace to get knighted (there are 21 investiture ceremonies a year).

Possibly the most famous part of “Buck House” is the balcony. Familiar from countless newsreels as where the Royal Family can wave to the masses, the balcony has hosted many memorable moments: Charles and Diana’s public kiss, celebrating with the crowds on VE Day and Batman (aka Jason Hatch, Fathers 4 Justice campaigner) climbing up to it in 2004.

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