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Coordinates: 51°30′3″N 0°8′31″W / 51.50083°N 0.14194°W / 51.50083; -0.14194

The principal façade of Buckingham Palace, the East Front, was originally constructed by Edward Blore
Edward Blore
and completed in 1850. It was remodelled by Sir Aston Webb
Aston Webb
in 1913.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
(UK: /ˈbʌkɪŋəm ˈpælɪs/[1][2]) is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.[a][3] Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people
British people
at times of national rejoicing and mourning. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was acquired by King George III in 1761[4] as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen's House. During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who constructed three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
in 1837. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front, which contains the well-known balcony on which the royal family traditionally congregates to greet crowds. The palace chapel was destroyed by a German bomb during World War II; the Queen's Gallery
Queen's Gallery
was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection. The original early 19th-century interior designs, many of which survive, include widespread use of brightly coloured scagliola and blue and pink lapis, on the advice of Sir Charles Long. King Edward VII oversaw a partial redecoration in a Belle Époque cream and gold colour scheme. Many smaller reception rooms are furnished in the Chinese regency style with furniture and fittings brought from the Royal Pavilion
Royal Pavilion
at Brighton
and from Carlton House. The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London. The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring.


1 History

1.1 Site 1.2 First houses on the site

1.2.1 Goring House 1.2.2 Arlington House 1.2.3 Buckingham House

1.3 From Queen's House
Queen's House
to palace

2 Home of the monarch

2.1 Interior 2.2 Court ceremonies

2.2.1 Investitures 2.2.2 State banquets 2.2.3 Other ceremonies and functions

2.3 Former ceremonial at the Palace

2.3.1 Court dress 2.3.2 Court presentation of débutantes 2.3.3 Security breaches

2.4 Garden, Royal Mews
Royal Mews
and The Mall

3 Modern history

3.1 21st century: Royal use and public access

4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 Bibliography 8 External links

History[edit] Site[edit]

Buckingham House, c. 1710, was designed by William Winde
William Winde
for the 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby. This façade evolved into today's Grand Entrance on the west (inner) side of the quadrangle, with the Green Drawing Room above it.

In the Middle Ages, the site of the future palace formed part of the Manor of Ebury (also called Eia). The marshy ground was watered by the river Tyburn, which still flows below the courtyard and south wing of the palace.[5] Where the river was fordable (at Cow Ford), the village of Eye Cross grew. Ownership of the site changed hands many times; owners included Edward the Confessor
Edward the Confessor
and his queen consort Edith of Wessex in late Saxon times, and, after the Norman Conquest, William the Conqueror. William gave the site to Geoffrey de Mandeville, who bequeathed it to the monks of Westminster Abbey.[b] In 1531, King Henry VIII acquired the Hospital of St James (later St James's Palace)[6] from Eton College, and in 1536 he took the Manor of Ebury from Westminster Abbey.[7] These transfers brought the site of Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
back into royal hands for the first time since William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
had given it away almost 500 years earlier.[8] Various owners leased it from royal landlords and the freehold was the subject of frenzied speculation during the 17th century. By then, the old village of Eye Cross had long since fallen into decay, and the area was mostly wasteland.[9] Needing money, James I sold off part of the Crown freehold but retained part of the site on which he established a 4-acre (16,000 m2) mulberry garden for the production of silk. (This is at the northwest corner of today's palace.)[10] Clement Walker in Anarchia Anglicana (1649) refers to "new-erected sodoms and spintries at the Mulberry Garden at S. James's"; this suggests it may have been a place of debauchery. Eventually, in the late 17th century, the freehold was inherited from the property tycoon Sir  Hugh Audley by the great heiress Mary Davies.[c] First houses on the site[edit] Goring House[edit] Possibly the first house erected within the site was that of a Sir William Blake, around 1624.[11] The next owner was Lord Goring, who from 1633 extended Blake's house and developed much of today's garden, then known as Goring Great Garden.[12][13] He did not, however, obtain the freehold interest in the mulberry garden. Unbeknown to Goring, in 1640 the document "failed to pass the Great Seal before King Charles I fled London, which it needed to do for legal execution".[14] It was this critical omission that helped the British royal family regain the freehold under King George III.[15] Arlington House[edit] The improvident Goring defaulted on his rents;[16] Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington obtained the mansion and was occupying it, now known as Goring House, when it burned down in 1674.[13] Arlington House rose on the site—the location of the southern wing of today's palace—the next year.[13] In 1698, John Sheffield, later the first Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, acquired the lease.[17] Buckingham House[edit]

The palace c. 1837, depicting the Marble Arch, which served as the ceremonial entrance to the Palace precincts. It was moved to make way for the east wing, built in 1847, which enclosed the quadrangle.

The house which forms the architectural core of the palace was built for the first Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
in 1703 to the design of William Winde. The style chosen was of a large, three-floored central block with two smaller flanking service wings.[18] Buckingham House was eventually sold by Buckingham's natural son, Sir Charles Sheffield, in 1761[4] to George III for £21,000.[19][d] Sheffield's leasehold on the mulberry garden site, the freehold of which was still owned by the royal family, was due to expire in 1774.[20] From Queen's House
Queen's House
to palace[edit] Under the new Crown ownership, the building was originally intended as a private retreat for King George III's wife, Queen Charlotte, and was accordingly known as The Queen's House. Remodelling of the structure began in 1762.[21] In 1775, an Act of Parliament settled the property on Queen Charlotte, in exchange for her rights to Somerset House,[22][e] and 14 of her 15 children were born there. Some furnishings were transferred from Carlton House, and others had been bought in France after the French Revolution[23] of 1789. While St James's Palace remained the official and ceremonial royal residence,[22] the name "Buckingham-palace" was used from at least 1791.[24] After his accession to the throne in 1820, King George IV continued the renovation with the idea in mind of a small, comfortable home. But while the work was in progress, in 1826, the King decided to modify the house into a palace, with the help of his architect John Nash.[25] The external façade was designed keeping in mind the French neo-classical influence preferred by George IV. The cost of the renovations grew dramatically, and by 1829 the extravagance of Nash's designs resulted in his removal as architect. On the death of George IV in 1830, his younger brother King William IV hired Edward Blore
Edward Blore
to finish the work.[26][27] After the destruction of the Palace of Westminster
Palace of Westminster
by fire in 1834, William considered converting the palace into the new Houses of Parliament.[28] Home of the monarch[edit]

The east wing of Buckingham Palace, the public façade, enclosing the courtyard, was a later addition, built between 1847 and 1850; it was remodelled to its present form in 1913 (shown on the right).

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
finally became the principal royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria,[29] who was the first monarch to reside there; her predecessor William IV had died before its completion.[30] While the state rooms were a riot of gilt and colour, the necessities of the new palace were somewhat less luxurious. For one thing, it was reported the chimneys smoked so much that the fires had to be allowed to die down, and consequently the court shivered in icy magnificence.[31] Ventilation was so bad that the interior smelled, and when it was decided to install gas lamps, there was a serious worry about the build-up of gas on the lower floors. It was also said that staff were lax and lazy and the palace was dirty.[31] Following the Queen's marriage in 1840, her husband, Prince Albert, concerned himself with a reorganisation of the household offices and staff, and with the design faults of the palace.[32] The problems were all rectified by the close of 1840. However, the builders were to return within the decade.[32] By 1847, the couple had found the palace too small for court life and their growing family,[33] and consequently the new wing, designed by Edward Blore, was built by Thomas Cubitt,[34] enclosing the central quadrangle. The large East Front, facing The Mall, is today the "public face" of Buckingham Palace, and contains the balcony from which the royal family acknowledge the crowds on momentous occasions and after the annual Trooping the Colour.[35] The ballroom wing and a further suite of state rooms were also built in this period, designed by Nash's student Sir James Pennethorne.[36] Before Prince Albert's death, the palace was frequently the scene of musical entertainments,[37] and the greatest contemporary musicians entertained at Buckingham Palace. The composer Felix Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn
is known to have played there on three occasions.[38] Johann Strauss II and his orchestra played there when in England.[39] Strauss's "Alice Polka" was first performed at the palace in 1849 in honour of the queen's daughter, Princess Alice.[40] Under Victoria, Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
was frequently the scene of lavish costume balls, in addition to the usual royal ceremonies, investitures and presentations.[41] Widowed in 1861, the grief-stricken Queen withdrew from public life and left Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
to live at Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle and Osborne House. For many years the palace was seldom used, even neglected. In 1864, a note was found pinned to the fence of Buckingham Palace, saying: "These commanding premises to be let or sold, in consequence of the late occupant's declining business."[42] Eventually, public opinion persuaded the Queen to return to London, though even then she preferred to live elsewhere whenever possible. Court functions were still held at Windsor Castle, presided over by the sombre Queen habitually dressed in mourning black, while Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
remained shuttered for most of the year.[43] Interior[edit]

Piano nobile
Piano nobile
of Buckingham Palace. The areas defined by shaded walls represent lower minor wings.

Note: This is an unscaled sketch plan for reference only. Proportions of some rooms may slightly differ in reality.

The palace measures 108 metres (354 ft) by 120 m (390 ft), is 24 m (79 ft) high and contains over 77,000 m2 (830,000 sq ft) of floorspace.[44] The floor area is smaller than the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Papal Palace and Quirinal Palace
Quirinal Palace
in Rome, the Louvre
in Paris, the Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Palace
in Vienna, and the Forbidden City.[45] There are 775 rooms, including 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, 52 principal bedrooms, and 19 state rooms. It also has a post office, cinema, swimming pool, doctor's surgery,[44] and jeweller's workshop.[46] The principal rooms are contained on the piano nobile behind the west-facing garden façade at the rear of the palace. The centre of this ornate suite of state rooms is the Music Room, its large bow the dominant feature of the façade. Flanking the Music Room are the Blue and the White Drawing Rooms. At the centre of the suite, serving as a corridor to link the state rooms, is the Picture Gallery, which is top-lit and 55 yards (50 m) long.[47] The Gallery is hung with numerous works including some by Rembrandt, van Dyck, Rubens and Vermeer;[48] other rooms leading from the Picture Gallery are the Throne Room and the Green Drawing Room. The Green Drawing Room serves as a huge anteroom to the Throne Room, and is part of the ceremonial route to the throne from the Guard Room at the top of the Grand Staircase.[47] The Guard Room contains white marble statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, in Roman costume, set in a tribune lined with tapestries. These very formal rooms are used only for ceremonial and official entertaining, but are open to the public every summer.[49] Directly underneath the State Apartments are the less grand semi-state apartments. Opening from the Marble Hall, these rooms are used for less formal entertaining, such as luncheon parties and private audiences. Some of the rooms are named and decorated for particular visitors, such as the 1844 Room, decorated in that year for the state visit of Tsar
Nicholas I of Russia, and the 1855 Room, in honour of the visit of Emperor Napoleon III of France.[50] At the centre of this suite is the Bow Room, through which thousands of guests pass annually to the Queen's Garden Parties.[51] The Queen and Prince Philip use a smaller suite of rooms in the north wing.[52]

The Duke of Edinburgh in the Chinese Luncheon Room

Between 1847 and 1850, when Blore was building the new east wing, the Brighton
Pavilion was once again plundered of its fittings. As a result, many of the rooms in the new wing have a distinctly oriental atmosphere. The red and blue Chinese Luncheon Room is made up from parts of the Brighton
Banqueting and Music Rooms with a large oriental chimney piece designed by Robert Jones and sculpted by Richard Westmacott.[53] It was formerly in the Music Room at the Brighton Pavilion.[53] The ornate clock, known as the Kylin Clock was made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China, in the second half of the 18th century; it has a later movement by Benjamin Vulliamy
Benjamin Vulliamy
circa 1820.[54] The Yellow Drawing Room has wallpaper supplied in 1817 for the Brighton
Saloon, and a chimney piece which is a European vision of how the Chinese chimney piece may appear. It has nodding mandarins in niches and fearsome winged dragons, designed by Robert Jones.[55] At the centre of this wing is the famous balcony with the Centre Room behind its glass doors. This is a Chinese-style saloon enhanced by Queen Mary, who, working with the designer Sir Charles Allom, created a more "binding"[56] Chinese theme in the late 1920s, although the lacquer doors were brought from Brighton
in 1873. Running the length of the piano nobile of the east wing is the great gallery, modestly known as the Principal Corridor, which runs the length of the eastern side of the quadrangle.[57] It has mirrored doors, and mirrored cross walls reflecting porcelain pagodas and other oriental furniture from Brighton. The Chinese Luncheon Room and Yellow Drawing Room are situated at each end of this gallery, with the Centre Room obviously placed in the centre.[58] The original early 19th-century interior designs, many of which still survive, included widespread use of brightly coloured scagliola and blue and pink lapis, on the advice of Sir Charles Long. King Edward VII oversaw a partial redecoration in a Belle époque cream and gold colour scheme.[59] When paying a state visit to Britain, foreign heads of state are usually entertained by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. They are allocated a large suite of rooms known as the Belgian Suite, situated at the foot of the Minister's Staircase, on the ground floor of the north-facing Garden Wing. The rooms of the suite are linked by narrow corridors, one of them is given extra height and perspective by saucer domes designed by Nash in the style of Soane.[60] A second corridor in the suite has Gothic-influenced cross-over vaulting.[60] The Belgian Rooms themselves were decorated in their present style and named after Prince Albert's uncle Léopold I, first King of the Belgians. In 1936, the suite briefly became the private apartments of the palace when they were occupied by King Edward VIII.[44] Court ceremonies[edit] Investitures[edit] Investitures, which include the conferring of knighthoods by dubbing with a sword, and other awards take place in the palace's Ballroom, built in 1854. At 36.6 m (120 ft) long, 18 m (59 ft) wide and 13.5 m (44 ft) high,[44] it is the largest room in the palace. It has replaced the throne room in importance and use. During investitures, the Queen stands on the throne dais beneath a giant, domed velvet canopy, known as a shamiana or a baldachin, that was used at the Delhi Durbar
Delhi Durbar
in 1911.[61] A military band plays in the musicians' gallery as award recipients approach the Queen and receive their honours, watched by their families and friends.[62] State banquets[edit]

External video

Transforming the Ballroom
for a State Banquet

State banquets also take place in the Ballroom; these formal dinners are held on the first evening of a state visit by a foreign head of state.[62] On these occasions, for up to 170 guests in formal "white tie and decorations", including tiaras, the dining table is laid with the Grand Service, a collection of silver-gilt plate made in 1811 for the Prince of Wales, later George IV.[63] The largest and most formal reception at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
takes place every November when the Queen entertains members of the diplomatic corps.[64] On this grand occasion, all the state rooms are in use, as the royal family proceed through them,[65] beginning at the great north doors of the Picture Gallery. As Nash had envisaged, all the large, double-mirrored doors stand open, reflecting the numerous crystal chandeliers and sconces, creating a deliberate optical illusion of space and light.[66] Other ceremonies and functions[edit] Smaller ceremonies such as the reception of new ambassadors take place in the "1844 Room". Here too, the Queen holds small lunch parties, and often meetings of the Privy Council. Larger lunch parties often take place in the curved and domed Music Room, or the State Dining Room.[67] Since the bombing of the palace chapel in World War II, royal christenings have sometimes taken place in the Music Room. The Queen's first three children were all baptised there.[68] On all formal occasions, the ceremonies are attended by the Yeomen of the Guard in their historic uniforms, and other officers of the court such as the Lord Chamberlain.[67] Former ceremonial at the Palace[edit] Court dress[edit]

The 1844 Room, a sitting room of the Belgium Suite, also serves as an audience room and is often used for personal investitures.

President Nixon with members of the royal family in the ground floor Marble Hall

Formerly, men not wearing military uniform wore knee breeches of an 18th-century design. Women's evening dress included trains and tiaras or feathers in their hair (often both). The dress code governing formal court uniform and dress has progressively relaxed. After World War I, when Queen Mary wished to follow fashion by raising her skirts a few inches from the ground, she requested a lady-in-waiting to shorten her own skirt first to gauge the king's reaction. King George V was horrified, so the queen kept her hemline unfashionably low.[69] Following their accession in 1936, King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth, allowed the hemline of daytime skirts to rise. Today, there is no official dress code.[44] Most men invited to Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
in the daytime choose to wear service uniform or lounge suits;[44] a minority wear morning coats, and in the evening, depending on the formality of the occasion, black tie or white tie.[70] Court presentation of débutantes[edit] Débutantes were aristocratic young ladies making their first entrée into society through presentation to the monarch at court. These occasions, known as "coming out", took place at the palace from the reign of Edward VII. Wearing full court dress, with three ostrich feathers in their hair, débutantes entered, curtsied, and performed a backwards walk and a further curtsey, while manoeuvring a dress train of prescribed length. The ceremony, known as an evening court, corresponded to the "court drawing rooms" of Victoria's reign.[71] After World War II, the ceremony was replaced by less formal afternoon receptions, usually omitting curtsies and court dress.[72] In 1958, the Queen abolished the presentation parties for débutantes,[73] replacing them with Garden Parties,[f] for up to 8,000 invitees in the Garden. They are the largest functions of the year.[75] Security breaches[edit] The boy Jones
The boy Jones
was an intruder who gained entry to the palace on three occasions between 1838 and 1841.[76][77] At least 12 people have managed to gain unauthorised entry into the palace or its grounds since 1914,[78] including Michael Fagan, who broke into the palace twice in 1982 and entered the Queen's bedroom on the second occasion. At the time, news media reported that he had a long conversation with the Queen while she waited for security officers to arrive, but in a 2012 interview with The Independent, Fagan said the Queen ran out of the room and no conversation took place.[79] It was only in 2007 that trespassing on the palace grounds became a specific criminal offence.[80][g] Garden, Royal Mews
Royal Mews
and The Mall[edit]

The west façade of Buckingham Palace, faced in Bath stone, seen from the palace garden

Further information: Garden at Buckingham Palace At the rear of the palace is the large and park-like garden, which together with its lake is the largest private garden in London.[83] There, the Queen hosts her annual garden parties each summer, and also holds large functions to celebrate royal milestones, such as jubilees. It covers 40 acres (16 ha), and includes a helicopter landing area, a lake, and a tennis court.[44] Adjacent to the palace is the Royal Mews, also designed by Nash, where the royal carriages, including the Gold State Coach, are housed. This rococo gilt coach, designed by Sir William Chambers in 1760, has painted panels by G. B. Cipriani. It was first used for the State Opening of Parliament by George III in 1762 and has been used by the monarch for every coronation since George IV. It was last used for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.[84] Also housed in the mews are the coach horses used at royal ceremonial processions.[85] The Mall, a ceremonial approach route to the palace, was designed by Sir  Aston Webb
Aston Webb
and completed in 1911 as part of a grand memorial to Queen Victoria. It extends from Admiralty Arch, across St James's Park to the Victoria Memorial. This route is used by the cavalcades and motorcades of visiting heads of state, and by the royal family on state occasions such as the annual Trooping the Colour.[86] Modern history[edit]

Visiting heads of state are received by the Queen at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. Here, United States President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
are greeted in 2009 in the first-floor audience chamber in the private apartments in the north wing.

In 1901 the accession of Edward VII saw new life breathed into the palace. The new King and his wife Queen Alexandra had always been at the forefront of London
high society, and their friends, known as "the Marlborough House
Marlborough House
Set", were considered to be the most eminent and fashionable of the age. Buckingham Palace—the Ballroom, Grand Entrance, Marble Hall, Grand Staircase, vestibules and galleries redecorated in the Belle époque cream and gold colour scheme they retain today—once again became a setting for entertaining on a majestic scale but leaving some to feel King Edward's heavy redecorations were at odds with Nash's original work.[87] The last major building work took place during the reign of King George V when, in 1913, Sir  Aston Webb
Aston Webb
redesigned Blore's 1850 East Front to resemble in part Giacomo Leoni's Lyme Park
Lyme Park
in Cheshire. This new, refaced principal façade (of Portland stone) was designed to be the backdrop to the Victoria Memorial, a large memorial statue of Queen Victoria, placed outside the main gates.[88] George V, who had succeeded Edward VII in 1910, had a more serious personality than his father; greater emphasis was now placed on official entertaining and royal duties than on lavish parties.[89] He arranged a series of command performances featuring jazz musicians such as the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band (1919) – the first jazz performance for a head of state, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong (1932), which earned the palace a nomination in 2009 for a (Kind of) Blue Plaque by the Brecon Jazz
Festival as one of the venues making the greatest contribution to jazz music in the United Kingdom.[90][91] George V's wife Queen Mary was a connoisseur of the arts, and took a keen interest in the Royal Collection
Royal Collection
of furniture and art, both restoring and adding to it. Queen Mary also had many new fixtures and fittings installed, such as the pair of marble Empire-style chimneypieces by Benjamin Vulliamy, dating from 1810, which the Queen had installed in the ground floor Bow Room, the huge low room at the centre of the garden façade. Queen Mary was also responsible for the decoration of the Blue Drawing Room.[92] This room, 69 feet (21 metres) long, previously known as the South Drawing Room, has a ceiling designed specially by Nash, coffered with huge gilt console brackets.[93]

The Victoria Memorial was created by sculptor Sir Thomas Brock
Thomas Brock
in 1911 and erected in front of the main gates at the palace on a surround constructed by architect Sir Aston Webb.

During World War I, the palace, then the home of King George V and Queen Mary, escaped unscathed. Its more valuable contents were evacuated to Windsor but the royal family remained in situ. The King imposed rationing at the palace, much to the dismay of his guests and household.[94] To the King's later regret, David Lloyd George persuaded him to go further by ostentatiously locking the wine cellars and refraining from alcohol, to set a good example to the supposedly inebriated working class. The workers continued to imbibe and the King was left unhappy at his enforced abstinence.[95] In 1938, the north-west pavilion, designed by Nash as a conservatory, was converted into a swimming pool.[96] During World War II, the palace was bombed nine times,[97] the most serious and publicised of which resulted in the destruction of the palace chapel in 1940. Coverage of this event was played in cinemas all over the UK to show the common suffering of rich and poor. One bomb fell in the palace quadrangle while King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were in residence, and many windows were blown in and the chapel destroyed.[98] War-time coverage of such incidents was severely restricted, however. The King and Queen were filmed inspecting their bombed home, the smiling Queen, as always, immaculately dressed in a hat and matching coat seemingly unbothered by the damage around her. It was at this time the Queen famously declared: "I'm glad we have been bombed. Now I can look the East End in the face". The royal family were seen as sharing their subjects' hardship, as The Sunday Graphic reported:

By the Editor: The King and Queen have endured the ordeal which has come to their subjects. For the second time a German bomber has tried to bring death and destruction to the home of Their Majesties … When this war is over the common danger which King George and Queen Elizabeth have shared with their people will be a cherished memory and an inspiration through the years.[99]

On 15 September 1940, known as the Battle of Britain Day, an RAF pilot, Ray Holmes of No. 504 Squadron RAF
No. 504 Squadron RAF
rammed a German bomber he believed was going to bomb the Palace. Holmes had run out of ammunition and made the quick decision to ram it. Holmes bailed out. Both aircraft crashed. In fact the Dornier Do 17
Dornier Do 17
bomber was empty. It had already been damaged, two of its crew had been killed and the remainder bailed out. Its pilot, Feldwebel
Robert Zehbe, landed, only to die later of wounds suffered during the attack. During the Dornier's descent, it somehow unloaded its bombs, one of which hit the Palace. It then crashed into the forecourt of London
Victoria station.[100] The bomber's engine was later exhibited at the Imperial War Museum in London. The British pilot became a King's Messenger after the war, and died at the age of 90 in 2005.[101] On VE Day—8 May 1945—the palace was the centre of British celebrations. The King, Queen, Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen), and Princess Margaret appeared on the balcony, with the palace's blacked-out windows behind them, to the cheers from a vast crowd in the Mall.[102] The damaged Palace was carefully restored after the War by John Mowlem
& Co.[103] It was designated a Grade I listed building in 1970.[104] 21st century: Royal use and public access[edit] Every year, some 50,000 invited guests are entertained at garden parties, receptions, audiences, and banquets. Three Garden Parties
Garden Parties
are held in the summer, usually in July.[105] The Forecourt of Buckingham Palace is used for Changing of the Guard, a major ceremony and tourist attraction (daily from April to July; every other day in other months).[106]

The Queen's Gallery

The palace, like Windsor Castle, is owned by the reigning monarch in right of the Crown. It is not the monarch's personal property, unlike Sandringham House
Sandringham House
and Balmoral Castle.[107] Many of the contents from Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, and St James's Palace are part of the Royal Collection, held in trust by the Sovereign; they can, on occasion, be viewed by the public at the Queen's Gallery, near the Royal Mews. Unlike the palace and the castle, the purpose-built gallery is open continually and displays a changing selection of items from the collection.[108] It occupies the site of the chapel destroyed by an air raid in World War II.[17] The palace's state rooms have been open to the public during August and September and on selected dates throughout the year since 1993. The money raised in entry fees was originally put towards the rebuilding of Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
after the 1992 fire devastated many of its state rooms.[109] In the year to 31 March 2017, 580,000 people visited the palace, and 154,000 visited the gallery.[110] Her Majesty's Government
Her Majesty's Government
is responsible for maintaining the palace in exchange for the profits made by the Crown Estate.[111] In November 2015, the State Dining Room was closed for six months because its ceiling had become potentially dangerous.[112] A 10-year schedule of maintenance work, including new plumbing, wiring, boilers, and radiators, and the installation of solar panels on the roof, has been estimated to cost £369 million and was approved by the prime minister in November 2016. It will be funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant
Sovereign Grant
paid from the income of the Crown Estate and is intended to extend the building's working life by at least 50 years.[113][114] In March 2017, the House of Commons backed funding for the project by 464 votes to 56.[115] Thus, Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
is a symbol and home of the British monarchy, an art gallery, and a tourist attraction. Behind the gilded railings and gates that were completed by the Bromsgrove Guild
Bromsgrove Guild
in 1911[43] and Webb's famous façade, which has been described in a book published by the Royal Collection
Royal Collection
Trust as looking "like everybody's idea of a palace",[43] is not only a weekday home of the Queen and Prince Philip but also the London
residence of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The palace also houses their offices, as well as those of the Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra, and is the workplace of more than 800 people.[44] See also[edit]

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^ By tradition, the British Royal Court is officially resident at St James's Palace, which means that, while foreign ambassadors assuming their new position are received by the British sovereign
British sovereign
at Buckingham Palace, they are accredited to the " Court of St James's
Court of St James's
Palace". This anomaly continues for the sake of tradition, as Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
is to all intents and purposes the official residence. See History of St James's Palace (Official website of the British Monarchy). ^ The topography of the site and its ownership are dealt with in Wright, chapters 1–4. ^ Audley and Davies were key figures in the development of Ebury Manor and also the Grosvenor Estate (see Dukes of Westminster), which still exists today. They are remembered in the streetnames North Audley Street, South Audley Street, and Davies Street, all in Mayfair. ^ The purchase price is given by Wright p. 142 as £28,000. ^ The tradition persists of foreign ambassadors being formally accredited to "the Court of St James's", even though it is at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
that they present their credentials and staff to the Monarch upon their appointment. ^ Princess Margaret is reputed to have remarked of the débutante presentations: "We had to put a stop to it, every tart in London
was getting in."[74] ^ Under section 128(1) of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, "A person commits an offence if he enters, or is on, any designated site in England and Wales or Northern Ireland as a trespasser".[81] Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
is a designated site under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
(Designated Sites under Section 128) Order 2007.[82]


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