16 Facts About Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace is a London royal residence and the administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.

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Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years.

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Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.

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Buckingham Palace did not obtain the freehold interest in the mulberry garden.

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Buckingham Palace later became the first Duke of Buckingham and Normanby.

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Buckingham Palace House was built for Sheffield in 1703 to the design of William Winde.

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Buckingham Palace became the principal royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria, who was the first monarch to reside there; her predecessor William IV had died before its completion.

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The large East Front, facing The Mall, is today the "public face" of Buckingham Palace and contains the balcony from which the royal family acknowledge the crowds on momentous occasions and after the annual Trooping the Colour.

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Under Victoria, Buckingham Palace was frequently the scene of lavish costume balls, in addition to the usual royal ceremonies, investitures and presentations.

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Buckingham Palace arranged a series of command performances featuring jazz musicians such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong, which earned the palace a nomination in 2009 for a Blue Plaque by the Brecon Jazz Festival as one of the venues making the greatest contribution to jazz music in the United Kingdom.

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Buckingham Palace stated that the palace did not hire people of colour for clerical jobs, only as domestic servants.

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Buckingham Palace arranged with Civil servants for an exemption that meant that complaints of racism against the royal household would be sent directly to the Home Secretary and kept out of the legal system.

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Buckingham Palace is a symbol and home of the British monarchy, an art gallery and a tourist attraction.

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The forecourt of Buckingham Palace is used for the Changing of the Guard, a major ceremony and tourist attraction .

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In March 2022, it was reported that Elizabeth II would no longer reside at Buckingham Palace, preferring instead to live and conduct business at Windsor Castle.

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Buckingham Palace's died on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle, after which large crowds assembled outside of the palace.

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