Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Road SW1, London Buckingham Palace is the home to Queen Elizabeth II and in 1993 it became the first palace opened to visitors. It was built in 1702 as a house, but it was redesigned as a palace by George IV in the 19th century. Buckingham Palace has been the official residence for the British monarchy since the Victorian period. The Annual Summer Opening in August and September is when the State Rooms are open to the public. There are 19 State Rooms which house a collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Vermeer and Poussin. The Throne Room and the Ballroom are the palace’s main attractions along with the Queen’s collection of presents, which include drawings by Salvador Dalí and a silk scarf from Nelson Mandela. Tourists visiting Buckingham Palace also come to see the Changing the Guard. Thousands of visitors gather in front of the palace waiting to see the soldiers and listen to the music. During this process there is a change of the guard which is accompanied by a band which plays anything from military marches to familiar pop songs. The complete visitor tour includes a walk through the palace’s garden and a visit to the Royal Mews. Today, the Royal Mews houses the finest stable in London along with a collection of historic royal coaches including the Coronation Coach. London Guide | Historical Buildings in London Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.