Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and administrative headquarters of the British Monarch. The first ever monarch to live here was Queen Victoria. She moved in on 13 July 1837. Queen Elizabeth II uses it as her official residence and for important events, meetings, and receptions.
The building has 775 rooms, including 19 staterooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The palace has 760 windows that are cleaned every six weeks. It was originally called Buckingham House and started as a private house that was built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham.
Fast Facts: –
- Buckingham Palace is considered to be the most recognizable building in Great Britain.
- It is located in the heart of London and surrounded by two royal parks.
- Parts of the palace are open for visitors in August and September every year.
- During World War II, the palace was bombed seven times by Germans.
- Edward Jones broke into the palace three times between 1838 and 1841. He is also known as ‘the boy Jones’.
- The fabulous ballroom in the palace was the first room to have electricity installed in it.
- There are passageways running beneath the surface. These secret tunnels connect the palace to nearby streets.
- The garden of this palace is the largest private garden in the entire London.
- Edward VII is the only monarch to have both been born and died in Buckingham Palace.