5 facts about Buckingham Palace

Gilles Farina
Publié le 21 July 2023
5 facts about Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the quintessential symbol of the British monarchy. This iconic palace is renowned worldwide for its balcony, lavish receptions, and its illustrious resident. Museum TV presents 5 facts about Buckingham Palace that you need to know.

1. A place full of history

Buckingham Palace, originally constructed in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, became a royal residence in 1837 during Queen Victoria's reign. Over the course of nearly two centuries as a royal residence, one can imagine the multitude of prestigious events that have unfolded within its walls, encompassing both regal and historical significance.

2. The State Rooms

The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace serve as elegant spaces where the Royal Family receives guests for official receptions and ceremonies. These rooms have witnessed the capture of many iconic photographs over the years. If you have an appreciation for luxury, you'll be delighted to know that during the summer, the State Rooms are open to the public for a period of ten weeks. This presents the perfect opportunity to marvel at the palace's exquisite beauty firsthand.

3. The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard is indeed a highly popular event at Buckingham Palace. Taking place daily at 11:30 am, this ceremony involves the uniformed guards meticulously performing a parade as they take turns. It is a captivating spectacle that attracts both tourists and enthusiasts of the monarchy.

4. The Royal Gardens

The 16-hectare Royal Gardens at Buckingham Palace are truly a haven for lovers of green spaces. With its fountains, picturesque flowerbeds, and majestic century-old trees, the gardens are a sight to behold. Today, visitors have the privilege of exploring and enjoying the Royal Gardens, a delightful experience !

5. The Queen's Gallery

In this former chapel, which was bombed during the Second World War, the monarchy exhibits works from the Royal Collection. In total, nearly 450 works are on display in the western part of the palace.

Now you are aware of 5 facts about Buckingham Palace.

Find out more about Buckingham Palace in our programme "The Queen's Palaces" on Wednesday 23 and 30 August on Museum TV. The programme will also be available on our streaming platform.