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Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch and is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.

The Palace was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site which had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was subsequently acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte, and known as "The Queen's House". During the 19th century it was enlarged, forming three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front which contains the well-known balcony on which the Royal Family traditionally congregate to greet crowds outside. However, the palace chapel was destroyed by a German bomb in World War II; the Queen's Gallery was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.

Address: The Mall, SW1
Directions: Green Park tube
Phone: +44 303 123 7300
Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

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  • Written Oct 12, 2009
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