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On the Whitehall riverside, York Palace had been the official London Residence of the Archbishops of York since 1245. In 1529, King Henry VIII decided that as part of his reformation he would acquire the Palace from Cardinal Wolsey. He re-naming it The Palace of Whitehall and extended it almost from Charing Cross to Westminster.
Across the road, open ground, now called St James's Park was also acquired by the King as a private Royal hunting ground. What was his hunting lodge now survives as St James's Palace.
In 1533, Henry VIII, passionate about horsemanship and martial combat, commissioned a Tiltyard, or Jousting Ground on the site where Horse Guards now stands. It was his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, who started two annual jousting festivals, on her accession day and on her birthday. To this day the tradition of Royal Birthday Celebrations on Horse Guards continues with the annual Trooping (of) the Colour on the Queen's Birthday Parade.
You can see the 'changing of the guards' on the Whitehall side...
Address: Whitehall London SW1A 2AX
Directions: Between Whitehall and St James Park
Phone: +44 20 7930 3070
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