London Attractions: Buckingham Palace

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If you are planning on visiting London this is one of the places you definitely must see. Among all of its attractions, this one stands out particularly and it is one of the greatest symbols of not just London, but the entire country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Buckingham Palace
It is the official London residence and one of few remaining working royal palaces in the world. It was built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham and was known back then as Buckingham House. Originally, there were three houses on the site, Goring House that first belonged to Sir William Blake and where today’s garden began to develop. Second was the Arlington House which is the southern wing of today’s palace. And the last one was the aforementioned Buckingham House, which is the core of today’s palace and which was sold to King George III, and was a private residence from then on for Queen Charlotte.

Later in 19th century it was reconstructed again and enlarged by architects John Nash and Edward Blore. On the accession of Queen Victoria the palace became the official royal palace of the British Monarch in 1837. In the late 19th, early 20th century last changes were made, when the East front was added, where the famous balcony is situated, from which the royal family traditionally congregates to the public. Unfortunately, the palace chapel was crashed in World War II by a German bomb. Later the Queen’s Gallery was built and the site was open for public in 1962, where people could see the Royal Collection.

Much of its furniture was brought from Carlton House and Royal Pavilion, and the rooms are mostly furnished in Chinese style, while some parts of interior have blue and pink lapis and brightly colored scagliola. It is a property of British state and some of the contents from the palace, together with contents from Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace can be seen at Queen’s Gallery, which is open to public, and these contents are known as Royal Collection.

Every year thousands of invited guests are enjoying the garden parties, receptions and banquets all held in the London’s largest private garden.

As a visitor you have to pay only £19 to see some of the most famous treasures of Royal Collection.

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