Buckingham palace is a very popular tourist attraction beacause it's the Queen's official home in London. When you stand in front of it, you can imagine how fancy would be to drink tea with the Queen of England.
The original house was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and remodelled 125 years later.The facade facing the Mall was added in 1923.
In 1837, Queen Victoria made Buckingham Palace her permanet home and since then the Royal Standard has been flown from the flagstaff on the roof when the Queen is at home. The Victoria Memorial, the Mall and Admiralty Arch were built in honor of Queen Victoria.
The Queen Gallery (entrance in Buckingham Palace Road) is open to the public and has a display of art treasures from the royal collection. Behind the Palace is the Royal Mews where the horses, coaches, and a display of harness and trappings are kept.
Household Troops have guarded the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces since 1660 and the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place daily from April through July at 11.30 a.m and on alternate days from September through March.Lots of people gather to see this beautiful ceremony.
The Guard which mounts at Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard and it consists of two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment and the St. James’s Palace Detachment. The guardmen belong to a battalion of the Household Division and sometimes to other units.
The Queen’s Guard is commanded by a Captain. The handover is accompanied by a Guard's band. The music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs.
If you can't visit Buckingham palace soon you can still watch the canging of the guard right now. Watch this video of the changing of guard.
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