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Transcript of Buckingham Palace
When the Queen is at home, you can see her royal flag flying above Buckingham Palace. This flag is called the Royal Standard. It must only be flown from buildings where the Queen is present. It flies above the British Union Flag (Union Jack), Standards of other Royal Family members, and other British flags. It never flies at half staff.
Interesting facts about Buckingham Palace
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live at Buckingham Palace.
Until 1954, it was forbidden for a building to be taller than the width of the street it was on. The result was that many roads were made wider!
If your phone battery runs out and you do not know the local time at Buckingham Palace, just relax. This historic place has more than 350 pieces wacth.
The palace was not officially set a dress code, but no single person who visited with faded jeans, too. Most people who were invited to Buckingham Palace in the afternoon will be wearing a work uniform or a suit. While at night, depending on the level of formality, the visitors men will wear black tie or white. If the men wore white tie, then the women would wear a tiara.
Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London residence and is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family. The palace was originally built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham.
Who lives in Buckingham Palace today?
Buckingham Palace is not only the home of the Queen and Prince Philip but also the London residence of the Duke of York (Prince Andrew) and the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and his wife) and their daughter.
Five regiments of Foot Guards guard the Palace. They wear red jackets and tall, furry hats called bearskins. When the first guards come on duty, there is a ceremony called the Changing of the Guard. It takes place in the forecourt at 11.30 every day in summer.. The monarch and the royal palaces have been guarded by the Household Troops since 1660.
Things worth seeing
The Victoria Memorial is the golden statue of Queen Victoria which sits in front of the Palace.
Another interesting part of the palace that is open to visitors is the Queen's Gallery, where works of art from the royal collection are on display.
Buckingham Palace is also an office
Buckingham Palace is used also for the administrative work for the monarchy.
Inside Buckingham Palace
The Palace has around 600 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, a cinema and a swimming pool. It also has its own post office and police station.
About 400 people work at the Palace, including domestic servants, chefs, footmen, cleaners, plumbers, gardeners, chauffers, electricians, and two people who look after the 300 clocks.
Buckingham Palace's 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens are open to visitors during August and September while the Queen makes her annual visit to Balmoral.
If you want to visit it in winter, it will cost you £75.00 per person. Please note the price includes a glass of champagne, a copy of the official guidebook and 20% discount in the shop. "A Royal Day Out" ticket gives admission to The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery, the Royal Mews. Adult £34.50.