Palace has served as the Monarch's permanent London residence, since the
accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
Built on the site of a notorious brothel, its days began in 1702, as the Duke of Buckingham's city residence. Later sold by the Duke's son, to George III in 1762, the Palace was overhauled many times to reach its present splendour.
|Whilst the Queen is in residence the palace is closed to the public. Crowds of visitors are not deterred by this and gather around the railings, and Queen Victoria monument to watch the Changing of the Guard, or maybe even catch a glimpse of someone important. During the two months that Her Majesty is not at home, the doors to the Palace are open to the general public. Tickets must be purchased in advance for a guided tour, through 18 of the 661 rooms.|
Changing of the Guard
|You can watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace every day from mid April to July, at 11am daily. From August to April the ceremony takes place on alternate days at 11.30am.|
There is also a changing of the Mounted Guard in Whitehall daily at 11am, 10am on Sunday.
The provision of a personal guard for the sovereign dates back to 1660 and the ceremony remains largely unchanged.