| | |Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of seven generations of British monarchs from 1837 to the present reigning House of Windsor and is today The | |Queen's official residence . | |When the Queen is in residence the Royal Standard can be seen flying above the palace. | | | |It has become the symbol of the Royal Family. | | | |But this Palace is more than a home for the Royals. | |It is the official administrative headquarters of the monarchy and contains the offices of their staff. | |It is the place where all Royal ceremonies and official banquets are held. | | | | | |The palace contains 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. | | | |Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, 19 rooms of the Palace are opened to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in | |August and September to help raise funds to repair fire-damaged Windsor Castle. | |Grand staircase |
The original Buckingham House stood on the site of what was formerly a mulberry tree garden established by James I, in an ill-advised and failed attempt to cultivate silk worms.
George III bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a comfortable family home .
The house at that time had a rural aspect.
It had previously been owned by the Dukes of Buckingham and had been built in 1702.
George IV transformed the house into the palace we see today.
King William IV detested the palace and was never to live there.
Queen Victoria, who came to the throne in 1837, was the first British monarch to occupy Buckingham Palace.
Edward VII, introduced electric lighting and other modernisations.
During the Second World War, Buckingham Palace was hit by German bombers 9 times.
that people can visit
| |[pic] | |The blue drawing room |...