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Changing Guard in Buckingham Palace

2019-06-09

The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch in London. It is also used for official ceremonies, state visits and sightseeing. It is famous for hosting a substantial part of the Royal Collection, an extraordinary collection of artistic works resulting from real collecting. The palace is a meeting point for the British in times of crisis and festivity.



The palace, originally known as Buckingham House, was originally a petit hôtel built for the first Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and acquired by King George III in 1762 to make it a private residence. In the following 75 years it underwent a series of extensions directed by the architects John Nash and Edward Blore (1850), creating three wings that make up an open central courtyard. With the accession to the throne of Queen Victoria of England, Buckingham Palace became the official residence of the monarchy. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries some reforms were made in the palace, such as the one carried out in 1913 (by Aston Webb) and which gave the palace its current main façade, including the balcony from which the royal family greets.



The original 19th-century Georgian interior, which is still preserved, consists of bright plaster inlaid with blue and pink lapis lazuli. Eduardo VII redecorated the palace adding Belle Époque decoration in cream and gold tones. Some reception rooms are decorated in Chinese style with furniture from the Royal Pavilion of Brighton and Carlton House. The palace has 777 rooms and the palace gardens are the largest private gardens in London. They were originally created by Capability Brown, but redesigned by William Townsend Aiton and John Nash. The artificial lake was created in 1828 and receives water from Serpentine Lake, the lake that is located in Hyde Park.



The security in the palace is very high, but they highlight the important failures that it has had. As a security measure there is no detailed modern plan of the layout of the palace. The royal guard who stands at the front of the palace acts normally in ceremonies. However, its main function is security. In the palace there is also a police station and members of the royal family own bodyguards. Other security measures have not been disclosed. Within a radius of 1.2 kilometers there are three barracks.



During the Second World War an anti-bomb alert was placed and more recently a bunker was built in response to the terrorist threat. Some rumors establish that the bunker is connected to the victory line of the subway network, which passes next to the palace, to allow an evacuation of the royal family in case of a nuclear attack. However, this point has not been confirmed.

Despite the bad reputation that these guards have. Thousands of tourists come year after year, just to see the incredible change of guard at Buckingham Palace. The ceremony, set with a band, lasts about 40 minutes and is worth seeing.



Near the Buckingham Palace, you can visit the St. James's Park, the St. James's Palace, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and gardens, the Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, the Guards Museum, green park, Apsley House, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, between others. 

Visits to the interior of the palace are only allowed for a few weeks a year, between the end of July and the beginning of September. There are two different types of entry: one of the modalities allows to visit the State Halls and the other also includes the Royal Garages and the Queen's Gallery.



CURIOSITIES

+ The palace has 775 rooms, of which 52 are bedrooms, both real and guest, and 78 bathrooms; It also contains one of the largest art collections in the world, but it is not a museum.

+ In 1911 the courtyard was built where today the Change of Guard takes place, as well as the current gate and gates and in 1913 the facade was remodeled.

+ In the back of the palace, you will find the largest private garden in London, where the queen holds annual parties each summer, and has 160,000 square meters, a landing area for helicopters, a lake and a tennis court.

TIPS

*Location: In London.
*Schedule: July 21-August 31 9:30-19:30 & September 1-September 30 9:15-18:30.
Changing Guard 11:00. Likewise, we recommend you check the calendar here.
*Rates: (All prices are in Pounds sterling).
Buckingham Palace and State Halls for adults...$25
Buckingham Palace and State Halls for students and people over 60 years old...$22,80.
Buckingham Palace and State Halls for childs under 14 years old...$14.
Buckingham Palace and State Halls for childs under 5 years old...free.
Buckingham Palace, State Halls, Royal Garages and Queen's Gallery for adults...$45.
Buckingham Palace, State Halls, Royal Garages and Queen's Gallery for students and people over 60 years old...$40.
Buckingham Palace, State Halls, Royal Garages and Queen's Gallery for childs under 14 years old...$24,50.
Buckingham Palace, State Halls, Royal Garages and Queen's Gallery for childs under 5 years old...free.
*Duration: 40 minutes.
*Best time: July 21-August 31 & September 1-September 30.

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