Posted by: danielfee | September 19, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 09-19-2013

Buckingham Palace - London, England

Buckingham Palace – London, England

Gates at Buckingham Palace

Gates at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the Queen. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. It was acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte, and it was known as “The Queen’s House”. Buckingham Palace finally became the principal royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria who was the first monarch to reside there as her predecessor William IV had died before its completion. Under Queen Victoria’s rule, Buckingham Palace was frequently the scene of lavish costume balls, in addition to the routine royal ceremonies, investitures and presentations. However after Prince Albert’s death in 1861, the grief-stricken Queen withdrew from public life and left Buckingham Palace to live elsewhere, so for many years the palace was seldom used and even neglected. In 1901 the accession of  King Edward VII saw new life breathed into the palace. The last major building work took place during the reign of King George V in 1913. Today Buckingham Palace is the symbol and home of the British monarchy, an art gallery and tourist attraction. It is not only the weekday home of  Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip but also the London residence of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

 

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