Photos of Buckingham Palace

Photo's of Buckingham palace and its surrounding grounds.
Buckingham palace is located between Green Park and St James's Park with its gardens backing onto Hyde Park Corner.
Buckingham Palace was originally a town house in the early 1700's and eventually became the official London residence from reigning monarchs from 1837 when Queen Victoria took up residence. In the early 18th Century the building was actually called Buckingham House named after its original owner, the Duke of Buckingham. In 1762 King George III had the house redesigned by Sir William Chambers to more suit his needs and then again in 1820 King George IV carried more work to create a pied a terre. However in 1826 he decided to hire John Nash to turn Buckingham House into a palace. This led to a doubling of the size of the main building. It was at this time that Marble Arch was created at the palace, later to be moved to its current location at the top of Park Lane. King George IV died in 1830 before the palace was finished and the construction was then completed by his brother William IV. John Nash was actually sacked before the work was finished because of spiralling costs. Edward Blore was commissioned for the completion of the original plans.
Some areas have been opened up to the public since the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992. The areas were opened up in order to raise money towards the repairs and have remained open at certain times of the year (August and September) ever since. The palace is used as a mix of residential rooms, state rooms and offices. The State rooms that the public can view are filled with treasures from the Royal Collection that includes paintings, porcelain, furniture and sculptures by some of the great masters of the past.

The Guard Change takes place at 11:30 daily from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting
August - September
Buckingham Palace operates a timed-ticket system, with admission every 15 minutes throughout the day.
Opening hours:
09:30 - last admission 16:15 every day

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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace, London residence of the British Monarchy.
A busy Buckingham Palace
A busy Buckingham Palace. It gets busy around the time of the daily changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.
The Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one those 'must see' events.
Mounted police are common place at the palace
Mounted police are common place at the palace, and their horses are very crowd friendly.
Queen Victoria Memorial.
Facing Buckingham Palace is the impressive Queen Victoria Memorial.
Close up view of the Queen Victoria Memorial.
Close up view of the Queen Victoria Memorial.
Household Calvary band
Before the changing of the guards you will see The Household Cavalry band marching to the Palace.
George VI statue.
George VI statue.
Frederick, Duke of York
Frederick, Duke of York. 1763-1827. Located on Waterloo Place and viewed from The Mall.
Wellington barracks on Birdcage Walk.
Wellington barracks on Birdcage Walk.
Guards Chapel
Guards Chapel adjacent to Wellington barracks on Birdcage Walk.
The Guards museum
The Guards museum between the Guards Chapel and Wellington Barracks.
The Queens gallery
The Queens gallery adjacent to Buckingham Palace and opposite Buckingham Gate.
St. James's Park as seen from Spur Road
St. James's Park as seen from Spur Road by the Queen Victoria Memorial.
St. James's Park
St. James's Park, Buckingham Palace in the middle background.
Looking across Green Park
Looking across Green Park which extends from Buckingham Palace across to Piccadilly.
The Canadian Memorial
The Canadian Memorial for soldiers who lost their lives in two world wars. Located in Green Park
St James's Palace
St James's Palace seen from Pall mall by St James's Street.
Friary Court
Friary Court on the side of St James's Palace where the 18 year old Queen Victoria
 was first seen by her subjects.
 admiralty Arch as seen from The Mall.
Admiralty Arch as seen from The Mall.
Looking down the Mall towards Buckingham Place.
Looking down the Mall towards Buckingham Place.
'Inn on the park' restaurant in St James's park.
'Inn on the park' restaurant in St James's park.
Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade, used for many royal ceremonies including Trooping the Colours.
Entrance to the Cabinet War Rooms
Entrance to the Cabinet War Rooms on Horse Guards Parade Road.
A parade of medieval soldiers from the Oliver Cromwell era along the Mall
A parade of medieval soldiers from the Oliver Cromwell era along the Mall
A parade of medieval soldiers from the Oliver Cromwell era along the Mall
A parade of medieval soldiers from the Oliver Cromwell era along the Mall
A parade of medieval soldiers from the Oliver Cromwell era along the Mall







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