Built in 1703 years ago by the 'man who was the Duke of Buckingham at that time. When George III became king soon after, he liked the palace so much that he bought it, and English kings and queens have lived in it ever since. Buckingham Palace is attended night and day by special troops of the British Army. These troops work in shifts, like all guards. Each time a new shift comes on, there is a very colorful ceremony called the "Changing of the Guard." The bugle call at this time suggested the music for the song that starts, "They're changing Guards at Buckingham Palace, Christopher Robin went down with Alice."

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Buckingham Palace and Afternoon Tea at The Selfridge Hotel

Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of the British monarch since Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837.

 

 

Queen's Gallery
The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation. Constructed forty years ago on the west front of Buckingham Palace out of the bomb-damaged ruins of the former private chapel, the Gallery has recently been redeveloped. It was reopened by The Queen on 21 May 2002 and is now open to the public on a daily basis.

Royal Mews
One of the finest working stables in existence, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see the work of the Royal Household department that provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car.

The Royal Mews has a permanent display of State vehicles. These include the magnificent Gold State Coach used for Coronations and those carriages used for Royal and State occasions, State Visits, weddings and the State Opening of Parliament. A State motor vehicle is also usually on display. For much of the year visitors to the Royal Mews can also see the 30 or so carriage-horses which play an important role in The Queen's official and ceremonial duties.

State Rooms
Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. During August and September when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's nineteen state rooms are open to visitors.

The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

Other Things to See
The Palace's 42-acre garden is an oasis for wildlife, and visitors can enjoy a garden walk that offers superb views of the Garden Front of the Palace and the 19th-century lake.

The 50th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated at this year's Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace's State Rooms with the display of Her Majesty's magnificent Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate, and with the first public showing of the entire Coronation frieze by Feliks Topolski (1909-1989), commissioned by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1960. The exhibition will use contemporary television footage to evoke the atmosphere of Coronation Day, 2 June 1953 - the day that heralded the dawn of a 'New Elizabeth Era'.

This special voucher may be exchanged for admission to the Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery and State Rooms. Please read the notes below carefully.

NOTES
-Vouchers will need to be exchanged at the Buckingham Palace Road Shop (opposite the Royal Mews) prior to visit from 12:00 on day of visit
-After ticket exchange as described above, visitors must first visit the Royal Mews at 12:45, followed by the Queen's Gallery at 14:00, followed by Buckingham Palace at 15:30. If however these timeslots are sold out when you arrive then the you will be offered the next nearest alternative.
-Recommended durations: Royal Mews 1 hour, Queen's Gallery 1.5 hours, Buckingham Palace State Rooms 2 hours.
-Entrances to each element of the package are adjacent and located in the above order.
-Buckingham Palace will remain open until 19:00 each day, providing plenty of time for visitors to see the State Rooms.
 

Historical Background
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch since Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837. It is placed at the end of the Mall, a wide avenue leading from Trafalgar Square, and faces the Victoria Memorial, a statue of Queen Victoria. A statue of Nike, the ancient Greek goddess of victory, stands in front of the palace in memory of Queen Victoria too. The royal Banner is set on the roof when the monarch is in residence, and the famous Changing of the guard takes place in the palace forecourt every day from, April to September and every other day from October to March. This is perhaps the most popular happening which can be seen in Buckingham Palace. Certain rooms are open to the public in August and September while the Queen is not in residence. Buckingham Palace was built by the Duke of Buckingham and Normandy in 1703 and bought by George III in 1761, although St James's Palace continued to be the official royal residence until the accession of Queen Victoria. The building, in neo-classical style, was remodeled by John Nash in 1825. In 1856 a ballroom was added and in 1913 Sir Aston Webb altered the East Front, which faces the Mall. Marble Arch was the entrance to the palace until it was moved to the north-eastern corner of Hyde Park in 1851. The palace has about 600 rooms and is surrounded by 20 hectares of gardens. Some of the state apartments are open to the public in July and August. The Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews on the south side of the palace are both permanently open to the public. In the queen's Gallery, annual exhibitions of paintings and works of art from the Royal Collection are shown. In the Royal Mews state coaches and carriages are displayed: among them is the Gold State Coach, which was used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1762. The stables, in which the Windsor Grey and Cleveland Bay carriage horses are kept, are also open to the public.

HOW TO GET THERE

Tube: Green Park, St James Park. Rail: Charing Cross, Victoria. Bus: 2B, 3, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 509, 510.

Nearest Tube/Underground StationGreen Park; St. James's Park; Victoria Station

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Buckingham Palace - Guard Mounting takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 am, and lasts about 45 minutes. In April, May and June 2003 it will take place every day. There is no Guard Mounting in very wet weather.

PALACE STATE ROOMS
Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Open daily from 6 August to 4 October 1998. Tickets are available on the day or in advance, from 09.00, at the ticket office in Green Park. Admission Required.