Buckingham Palace – A Supreme symbol of London and optimum place for photo-seeking tourists to congregate! Here’s a brief history and why you should visit Buckingham Palace.
Being the principle workplace and residence of Britain’s Royal family, Buckingham Palace needs little introduction. Naturally, there is an ever present throng of tourists outside the palace, congregating excitedly outside the main gates with their digital cameras poised, hoping to catch sight of some kind of royal activity. Although it has to be said that the gates themselves are spectacular enough, with plenty of gold figures and insignia, set amongst the black iron railings.
The Palace was first built as a town house for Lord Buckingham in 1705. Around a century or so later, the palace was greatly altered and enlarged by architect Mr John Nash, who was also responsible for constructing Piccadilly Circus in the early 1800s. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace after the building was officially declared home to royalty.
In times of great national rejoicing and celebration, Buckingham Palace becomes the focal point for festivities and it is not uncommon for the Royal Family to appear on the balcony facing the Queen Victoria monument and the Mall.
This nostalgic national occurrence of the British family playing homage to the London public from the balcony of Buckingham Palace happened both at the end of the Second World War and, most recently, the marriage of Kate Middleton to Prince William.
The State Ballroom is the biggest room in the palace and this huge and extravagantly opulent room also doubles up as the banqueting area. Every November the Queen invites all the foreign corps living in London to a grand meal ordained with the pomp and splendour one would expect of a royal feast.
The palace is owned by the state and various rooms including the magnificent state rooms are open to the public. The gardens of Buckingham Palace are the largest private gardens in London and three garden parties take place here every summer, entertaining a total of 50.000 guests.
The changing of the guard takes place in front of the palace weekly and this is an obvious camera clicking opportunity for the tourists.
All in all Buckingham Palace is one of the greatest buildings in Great Britain, a supreme symbol of London and most certainly fit for a Queen.