London, England

Buckingham Palace

In a world where royalty has mostly been relegated to the pages of history, Britain’s monarchy holds a fascination for the rest of the world. The fact that they continue to live in a working palace draws millions of visitors from around the world for a glimpse of an era both present and past.

Official Residence of the Queen

The Buckingham Palace is the residence and office of the reigning Queen of United Kingdom, Elizabeth II. It was originally built as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 which was then acquired by King George III in 1761. Since then, it has been successively enlarged and expanded into the magnificent Palace that we see today.

Regal Palace and Gardens

This spectacular London Palace has 775 rooms and is surrounded by an exotic 42-acre garden that has to be seen to be believed. The Palace’s 19 regal staterooms are lavishly decorated and house priceless works of art by celebrated masters including Rubens and Rembrandt. There are also other exquisite pieces from the Royal Collection on display. The good news is that these staterooms and gardens are open to the public in summer, for a fee, of course.

A visit to the Palace during the summer months is a must. It was, after all, the seat of power of an empire “on which the sun never set”.

Flags at Buckingham Palace

The Royal Standard is a flag displayed at royal residences when the sovereign is present. If the Queen is not in residence then the Union Flag is displayed instead, and is displayed at half mast after the deaths of members of the Royal Family and other times of national mourning.