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Buckingham Palace

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Joshua Landicho

on 3 March 2014

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Transcript of Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace is located in the Green Park area.
Although it is a famous place it still has a postcode:
SW1A AAA. It is the only place with this post code.

Buckingham Palace was originally a mulberry garden planted by King James I (r. 1603-25) to rear silkworms.
However, he chose the wrong kind of mulberry bush which is why silk production never took off in the UK.
George III
bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife
Queen Charlotte
to use as a comfortable family home close to St James's Palace.
Buckingham House
became known as the
Queen's House
As work on rebuilding progressed, and as late as the
end of 1826
, the King had a change of heart. With the assistance of his
John Nash
, he set about transforming the
house into a palace
. Parliament agreed to a
budget of £150,000
, but the
King pressed for £450,000
as a more realistic figure.
Queen Victoria
was the first sovereign to take up
residence in July 1837
, just three weeks after her accession, and in June 1838 she was the first British sovereign to leave from Buckingham Palace for a Coronation. Her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840 soon showed up the Palace's shortcomings.
The present forecourt of the Palace, where Changing the Guard takes place, was formed in 1911, as part of the Victoria Memorial scheme.
1918 gardening in Buckingham Palace. Showing the amount of workers but also how it's changed. The Gardens are bigger but has less workers due to new technology.
Shows Buckingham Palace in WWII being bombed and the aftermath where people off the streets helped because they love the royal family whereas in today's society people may not be as willing to help.
Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms,
52 Royal and guest bedrooms
188 staff bedrooms
92 offices
78 bathrooms
The balcony of Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous in the world. The
first recorded Royal balcony appearance
took place in
, when
Queen Victoria stepped onto it
during celebrations for the
opening of the Great Exhibition
. It was
King George VI
who introduced the custom of the
RAF fly-past
at the end of
Trooping the Colour
, when the Royal Family appear on the balcony.
east side
of the Palace (today's front wing) was the last to be built. Queen Victoria had it added in the 1840s to
provide extra space
for her growing family. The new wing meant that the
monument known as Marble Arch
originally at the entrance
to Buckingham Palace,
had to be moved
to its present site near Speaker's Corner in 1851.
There are over
40,000 light bulbs
in the Palace.
Some rooms at Buckingham Palace have a
Chinese theme
. That is because they feature furniture and décor which were
originally based in the Prince Regent's oriental-style Royal Pavilion
at Brighton (later sold by Queen Victoria to fund building work at Buckingham Palace).
Brief tour inside Buckingham Palace where Amerecan TV presenter Katie Couric asks questions about the life of the Queen.
The image shows what the tourists do not see. e.g. The security fence and wanting to keep them outside.
The divide between classes in a physical defence.

This shot shows the physical barrier between the public and royal family as if we are trapped from a better life than theirs.

Also, simply to keep people out to ensure the safety of the Royal Family.
Entrance to The Mall
There is a flag that always flies above Buckingham Palace. When The Queen is in residence, the
Royal Standard

When the Sovereign is not present, the
Union Flag
flies instead. A flag serjeant has the role of raising and lowering the right flag as The Queen arrives at or departs from the Palace.
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