The Queen’s London home is by no means the oldest or the most magnificent royal palace in the world. It stands, however, in a lovely situation, between St. James’s Park and Green Park, and has extensive, beautifully ended gardens of its own.
The first house to be built where the palace now stands was Goring House; later called Arlington House when it became the town residence of the Earl of Arlington, a statesman during the reign of Charles II. This house was pulled down in 1703, andbuilt-in its place by the Duke of Buckingham and Normanby; hence its name today. Soon after his marriage, in 1761, George III bought the house, and ever since then, it has been a royal residence. In each succeeding reign, it has been built on and improved.
The present facade was added in 1913. Buckingham Palace is full of art treasures and antiques. Guided tours of the State Rooms have been given via television, and, at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palam, there is always a selection of her treasures on view. During the summer, particularly, the pavement in front of the palace is thronged with visitors, from both home and abroad, watching the Changing of the Guard, and perhaps hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she leaves for one of her many engagements. When the Queen is in residence her royal standard is always seen 8ying from its mast above the Palace.
When Was Buckingham Palace Built And By Whom?
The palace was originally built in 1703 as Buckingham House, a London home for the 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, John Sheffield. It became a royal residence when King George III purchased it in 1761 as a comfortable family home for his wife, Queen Charlotte.