Built in 1702 by the Duke who gave it its name, Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British monarch since Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837; the Palace is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy.
The 77,000 square meters of the Palace contain an impressive 775 rooms and serves as the official place of reception by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh for state visits, royal ceremonies, investitures, and ennoblements.
The State Rooms are open to the public daily in the summer and at more limited times at other periods of the year, when not in official use. The Queen's Gallery, opened in 2002, showcasing artwork of the Royal Collection can be visited all year. Do not miss the inevitable changing of the guard every day at 11:30 a.m. from early April to late July, and every other day the rest of the year.
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