Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Monarch of England, is top of the list of the must-see places in London of any visitor who comes to the city. No visit can be complete without a visit to this iconic Royal residence where the Queen and family are staying today. Although the building was built in 1761, it was only in 1826 that George IV got the architect John Nash to remodel it into a Palace.
If you take a tour of the Palace, there are a lot of things that will catch your attention such as the lavishly furnished 19 State rooms that are used regularly by the Queen and other members of the Royal family. The furniture is known as the Royal collection and is a must-see item when you visit the palace. The other items that you must see are the famous art paintings that are the works of some of the greatest painters including Rembrandt and Rubens.
The doors of the Palace are open to the public during 31st July – 7th October each year when you can visit and see its marvels. The Queen’s personal diamond collection is another must-see item. You should also see the unique and enchanting garden around the Palace which has a diverse range of plants and flowers. A visit to the Buckingham Palace cannot be complete without watching the Changing of the Guard that takes place at about 11:30 am.
Buckingham Palace is a visual spectacle with its greatest attribute being its monumental scale making it one of the most photographed buildings in the world. There are many national treasures inside the Palace including painting s, furniture and gifts offered by visiting heads of state.