Buckingham Palace is both office and official London residence of the British monarchy. It is also used for ceremonial state occasions such as banquets for visiting heads of state. About 500 people work at the palace, including officers of the Royal Household and domestic staff.
John Nash converted the original Buckingham House into a palace for George IV (reigned 1820–30). Both he and his brother, William IV (reigned 1830–37), died before work was completed, and Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live at the palace. The present east front, facing The Mall, was added to Nash's conversion in 1913. The State Rooms are open to the public in summer.
- Tel 020 7766 7300
- Metro station St James's Park, Victoria
- Bus route 2B, 11, 16, 24, 25, 36, 38, 52, 73, 135, C1
- Railway station Victoria
- State rooms: Open end-Jul–end-Sep: 9.30am–5:30pm daily
- Admission Charge
- No Photography
- Changing of the Guard: Open May–Jul: 11.30am daily; Aug–Apr: alternate days
- Tickets not required
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