Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

 Distance from hotel: 3.1 miles (About 6 minutes)
 Hours of operation: Open daily 09:30 - 18:30 (last admission 16:15)
 Cost: Adult 13.50, Under 17 - 7.00
 Included with tour: No

 

  THE HISTORY

  Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch and the largest "working" royal palace remaining in the world. The palace originally known as Buckingham House, a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, was acquired by King George III in 1762 as a private residence. Over the next 75 years it was enlarged and finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch in 1837. In addition to being the London home of HM Queen Elizabeth II, it is a setting for state occasions, royal entertaining and base for all officially visiting heads of state. It has been a rallying point for the British at times of national rejoicing and crisis. The expression 'Buckingham Palace' or 'The Palace' has latterly become a common way of referring to the source of press statements coming from parts of the British Royal Family.