The Buckingham Palace is the official London residence dirge British monarch since 1837. Located in the City of Westminster, London, the building also serves as the administrative headquarters of the monarch. The building is 108 meters long across the front, 24 meters high, and it has 775 rooms.
The centerpiece of Britain’s constitutional monarchy, the Buckingham Palace was originally known as the Buckingham House. The building which forms the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield.
In 1761 George III bought Buckingham House for his wife Queen Charlotte. Subsequently, Buckingham House became known as the wife Queen Charlotte. George IV, on his accession in 1820, decided to reconstruct the house, and by the end of 1826, with the assistance of his architect, George IV set about transforming the house into a palace.
The first sovereign to reside at the Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria who moved into newly completed palace in July 1837, just three weeks after her accession. In July 1838 she became the first British sovereign to leave from the Buckingham Palace for a coronation.
One of England’s most spectacular places, the Buckingham Palace is furnished and decorated with priceless works of art that form part of the Royal Collection, one of the major art collection in the world today. Today, palace houses the offices of those who support the day-to-day activities and duties of the Queen and The Duke of the Edinburgh and their immediate family.
Did you know: the Queen has three official residence
1. Buckingham Palace
2. the oldest, Windsor Castle
3. the most romantic, Palace of Holyroodhouse.