Welcome to the most famous palace in the world
Our website brings you Information and Facts about Buckingham Palace including how to get there, when to visit the Palace, the History of the Buckingham Palace, Interesting Facts about the Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Tours and not forgetting the world famous Changing of the Guard.
Tours start 20th July 2019 and close on the 29th September 2019
The State Rooms of the Palace are open for visitors to visit throughout the ‘Annual Summer Opening’ in August and September. The rooms are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
Entrance to the palace is by timed ticket with entry every 15 minutes throughout the day. Tickets are valid only on the date and at the entrance time specified on the ticket. Unfortunately, latecomers cannot be admitted.
The traditional ceremony of the old guard changing with the new.
Changing of the Guard is one of the oldest and most recognizable ceremonies connected with Buckingham Palace.
The correct name of the ceremony known as Changing the Guard is actually Guard Mounting.
In this process a New Guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard and both Guards are drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards.
The Centre Piece of Britain’s Constitutional Monarchy
Buckingham Palace is home to over 775 rooms, 19 of these are State rooms along with 52 official royal bedrooms and guest rooms.
The staff themselves, have an impressive 188 bedrooms, 92 offices and a lavish 78 bathrooms.
Still very much a working building it is the center piece of Britain’s constitutional monarchy which includes the everyday duties of
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh as well as their immediate family.
Buckingham Palace was first opened to the general public in 1993 and it is opened every year between April and September since.
State banquets also take place in the main Ballroom of Buckingham Palace; these formal dinners take
place on the first evening of a state visit by a visiting Head of State. On these occasions, 150 or
more guests in formal “white tie and decorations”, including tiaras for women, may dine off gold plate.
The largest and most formal reception at Buckingham Palace takes place every November, when the Queen entertains members of the foreign
diplomatic corps resident in London. On this occasion, all the state rooms are in use, as the Royal Family proceed through them beginning through the great north doors of the Picture Gallery.
As Nash had envisaged, all the large, double-mirrored doors stand open, reflecting the numerous crystal chandeliers and sconces, causing a deliberate optical illusion of space and light.
Smaller ceremonies such as the reception of new ambassadors take place in the “1844 Room”. Here too the Queen holds small lunch parties,
and often meetings of the Privy Council. Larger lunch parties often take place in the curved and domed Music Room, or the State Dining
Room.On all formal occasions the ceremonies are attended by the Yeomen of the Guard in their historic uniforms, and other officers of the court such as the Lord Chamberlain. Since the bombing of the palace chapel in World War II, royal christenings have sometimes taken
place in the Music Room. The Queen’s first three children were all baptised here in a special gold font. Prince William was also christened in the Music Room. However, his brother, Prince Harry, was christened at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
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