"King George III bought..." London Favorite Tip by mooks

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Favorite thing: King George III bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a comfortable family home close to St James's Palace. Buckingham House became known as the Queen's House, and 14 of George III's 15 children were born there. In 1762 work began on remodelling the house to the King's requirements.George IV, on his accession in 1820, decided to reconstruct the house. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to take up residence in July 1837.The present Forecourt of the Palace, where Changing the Guard takes place, was formed in 1911, as part of the Victoria Memorial scheme. The gates and railings were also completed in 1911.

Fondest memory: Walking along Westminister Embankment, at dusk,watching the city lights reflecting on the River Thames.

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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