Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in London, served as an administrative building. It was built in 1703 as Buckingham House – the London residence of Ian Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgraby.
Discover amazing facts about Buckingham Palace.
1. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 19 state rooms, and 78 baths. There are also 760 windows and 1,514 doors.
2. The palace measures 108 meters by 120 meters, is 24 meters high and has over 77,000 square meters of living space.
3. More than 50,000 people visit the palace every year. Her Majesty also arranges a weekly audience with the Prime Minister and welcomes outside
4. More than 800 employees live here.
5. Buckingham Palace survived nine German bomb attacks. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth refused to leave the palace during the German bombers.
6. Fourteen of Queen Charlotte’s fifteen children were born at Buckingham Palace.
7. In the center of the apartment, serving as a corridor connecting the public spaces, is the Cartinnan i ha Gallery suspended with works by Remens, Van Dyck, Rubens and Vermeer.
8. Over 40,000 light bulbs filled the entire palace. Electricity in 1883.
9. In 1982, Michael Fagan broke into the Royal residence, entered the bedroom of Queen Elizabeth II.
10. Despite the Netflix series The Crown, which depicts many of the scenes in the building, the real palace is nowhere near British buildings like Lancaster House,
11. Throughout the year, the Palace hosts parties dedicated to the work of industry, government, charitable organizations and sports. For example, in 2013, the Queen hosted a Commonwealth Youth, Education and Education Celebration Party, which was attended by 350 academics from around the world and featured the Youth Orchestra and the Commonwealth Choir.
12. In 1914, a group of women tried to walk past the palace gates to present their petition. Two women are also chained to the balustrades of the palace.
13. Edward Jones, known as “Boy Jones”, broke into the palace three times in 1838-1841. After the first child was aged 14, he was seized by the police in nearby St.
14. When in 1856 Buckingham Palace had the largest hall in London.
15. The windows in the palace are cleaned every 6 weeks.
16. Great stairs. The magnificent bronze staircases were designed by the architect. The impressive double balustrade features intricate acanthus, oak and bay leaf designs and is one of the finest bronze foundries in the world.
17. Although the palace does not actually have a private residence. Instead, it is used by royal property.
18. In 2002, a musical concert was held in the garden of Buckingham Palace on the occasion of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, during which Brian May’s unforgettable performance “God Save the Queen” took place from the roof of the palace.
19. When the Queen is out of residence, usually from late July to late September, the beautiful state rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to the public, attracting tourists from all over the world.
20. The palace also has a post office, a police station, a doctor’s office, a cinema and a swimming pool.
21. As if the palace wasn’t spectacular enough, passageways run under its surface that connect the building to neighboring streets. 22. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to use a balcony for public speaking.
23. Palace postal code SW1A 1AA. 10 Downing Street is code SW1A 2AA.
24. Edward VII (1841-1910) is the only monarch who was born and died at Buckingham Palace. William IV was born there, and the current Queen Elizabeth II gave birth in the palace of the Prince of Wales and Prince Andrew.
25. The Grand Ballroom is the pride of the palace. This is the largest hall with a length of 36.6 m, a width of 18 m and a height of 13.5 m. The first event that took place there was the celebration of the end of the Crimean War in 1856.
26. Buckingham Palace Garden is the largest private garden in London, at 39 acres, with a helicopter landing pad, a lake and a tennis court with 30 different bird species and over 350 different wild flowers, some extremely rare.
27. Buckingham Palace was called the Royal Palace during the reign of George III. The 28th Changing of the Guard Ceremony, also known as the Mounting of the Guard, takes place right outside Buckingham Palace at 10:45 a.m. and usually lasts around 45 minutes.
29. The palace was built on the site where Jacob I planted a mulberry garden for growing silkworms. However, it seems that the king used the wrong type of mulberry and was unable to successfully produce any silk.
30. The last major superstructures were built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Eastern Front, which has a well-known balcony where the royal family traditionally gather to greet the crowds outside.
31. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to use Buckingham Palace as an official residence.
32. Buckingham House was renovated into a palace in the 1820s after George IV commissioned it to architect John Nash.
33. Edward VII fell ill with peritonitis, a dangerous infection of the stomach. Fortunately, it turned out to be successful.
34. Famous architect John Nash turned Buckingham House into a magnificent palace. However, during the restoration of the building, it was significantly exceeded.