Buckingham Palace

The Queen's official residence

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham. Today it is The Queen's official residence. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, areas of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors on a regular basis. buckingham london england

buckingham palace One of the main attractions is Changing of the Guard which takes place at 11:30 daily from April until the end of June and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. After a journey of about 5 minutes starting at Wellington Barracks the new guards arrive at the forecourt of the Palace. The soldiers are accompanied by a band. The ceremony is conducted on the Palace forecourt and takes approximately forty minutes to complete.