Buckingham Palace is the Office and residence of Her Majesty the Queen of England. Owing to its status, it is one of the most iconic buildings in the United Kingdom. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.
In the medieval England, the site where Buckingham Palace now stands used to be the part of the Manor of Ebury. The grounds were fed by the river Tybern, which still flows below the courtyard of the palace. Henry VIII acquired the estate in 1531 AD and thereafter it remained with the royal family, and was a mulberry garden built by James I in the 1600s and then leased to other noblemen.
The building which formed the core of the Buckingham Palace was built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham and Normanby. It was eventually sold to George III by the descendant of the Duke in 1761.The house was initially meant to be a private retreat for the Queen Charlotte and small time renovations were carried out from time to time, most prominently during the supervision of the architect John Nash during the reign of George IV.
The Buckingham Palace became the royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria who became the first monarch to take a residence there. The building was refurbished and redesigned during the 1840 to make it suitable for being the royal residence and court. With time, need was felt to enlarge the complex and a new wing added with the Eastern front, ballroom, and more staterooms. The palace used to be the royal heart of the British empire till the death of King Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria in 1861, post which the mourning Queen left the palace for the Windsor Castle. It remained rather neglected till the revival by Edward VII in 1901.
|Days||6 Dec 2013 to 2 Feb 2014|
|Summer Schedules will be out in some days|
|Entrance Fee (State Rooms+ Buckingham Palace||Individual (+Audio Guide)||Groups (15+ People)|
|Students and 60+ years(with ID)||£17.50||£15.75|
|Children <17 years||£10.85||£9.75|
|Family(2 adults + 3 children)||£50.00|
|Suggested Visit Time||Buckingham Palace||2.5 Hours|
|State Rooms||1 hour|
- Tickets purchased directly from Royal Collection Trust can be converted into a 1-Year Pass which gives a 12 months of complimentary entry to the site(s) you have visited.
- Baggage will be subjected to checking and some items like knives are not allowed inside. Check the complete list here.
- Photography, Video recording/ filming is not allowed inside the States room. Non-commercial photography and filming is allowed in the Palace gardens.
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