One of the most recognized royal residences known throughout the world is Buckingham Palace. It is the royal seat of the British monarchy, and it is from her balcony that we have seen the Queen wave, Prince Charles and Diana smile from, and the newest additions of the royal family be introduced to the population at large. No visit to London would be complete without seeing how the privileged live, and how often to you get to see an actual real life palace in your lifetime? William Bailey Travel Reviews the best of Buckingham Palace, a top destination for travel.
Chances are that you are not going to get a royal decree or invitation to tea or a state dinner at Buckingham Palace. The only way that you are going to be able to see this grand home is by simply being an average everyday tourist. So there is no need to pack your ball gown and tiara, you’ll be fine with your jeans.
Buckingham Palace has been the London residence of the royals since 1837. This grand scale palace has 775 rooms. There are 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Much like the White House, Buckingham Palace is a working building. It hosts the State Banquet annually, Jubilees, and receptions, as well as seeing to the daily activities and duties of the Queen and her immediate family.
You will be sad to find that you only have access as a tourist to the palace during its annual summer opening in August and September, and you will only have access to the State Rooms. Don’t be disappointed though you can partake in one of the major tourists draws of the palace any time of year. One of the main things to see at the palace is the Changing of the Guard. This major draw for tourists is absolutely free. The guard changes daily at 11:30AM so make sure to get here about an hour before to get a good vantage point for the pomp and circumstance of it all.
Certainly a destination you won’t want to miss, this amazing destination has something for everyone. From history to culture and more, be inspired at this top destination for travel on your next trip to London.