Rating: 9,3/10 (1348 votes)Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous landmarks in Great Britain, incredibly popular with tourists. The palace is the official and, most importantly, the current royal residence. It is intended for official meetings and ceremonies, and also houses the chambers of Elizabeth II, consisting of 12 rooms. You can find Buckingham Palace near Green Park and Pall Mall. The palace originally belonged to the Duke of Buckingham, who built it in 1703 as his personal residence. In 1762, King George III bought the palace from the Duke. In subsequent years, the building was constantly being completed and improved. It was recognized as the official royal residence only in the 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria. At that time, the builders completed work on the most spacious and rich room of the palace - the ballroom, which is 36 meters long and 18 meters wide. At the moment, Buckingham Palace is one of the largest and most luxurious palaces in the world. It consists of 775 rooms, 19 of which are used for public purposes, 52 are for the queen and guests of the palace, 188 rooms accommodate staff, 92 are offices, 72 are bathrooms. A total of 3 miles of red carpets adorn the rooms. The building is located on an area of 20 hectares, 17 hectares are green spaces. Buckingham Palace Gardens are recognized as the largest private gardens in London. For a long time, the palace was inaccessible to the public, its doors were opened to tourists only in 1993. You can visit the royal residence in the absence of the monarch - from August to September. Guests can look into the State Apartments, designed for official ceremonies, receptions and banquets. The central room in them is the Green Drawing Room, which previously served as Queen Charlotte's salon. It features a collection of paintings, luxurious furnishings and the world's finest collection of Sevres porcelain. Behind the Green Living Room, the Throne Room opens to visitors, and then the Art Gallery, which is considered the largest room in the palace - it is 50 meters long and 8 meters wide. The gallery's collection contains about 40 paintings, including the works of the Flemish and Dutch schools by Rembrandt, P.P. Rubens, Hals and Van Dyck. Another area open to the public is the Grand Dining Room of Buckingham Palace. It contains a mahogany table that can accommodate 600 people at once. The dining room is decorated with portraits of the royal family. The last one is the White Living Room, where the interior decoration, furniture and decor items are made in white and gold colors. In addition, the palace is allowed to inspect the royal stables, where there are horses, a magnificent state carriage painted by the Italian artist Cipriani, as well as quite modern carriages and cars. Buckingham Garden impresses with the beauty of natural nature; you can see a lake, waterfalls, where flamingos live. Of particular interest to tourists is the world-famous ceremony of the solemn changing of the guard of the royal guard, which takes place at Buckingham Palace at 11 am every day.
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Topic: Buckingham Palace in the UK.