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    18/07/2017 · Buckingham Palace has achieved iconic status as the official London residence of the reigning British monarch, but it hasn’t always served in that role. Indeed, for more than 300 years, from 1531...

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  2. 15/11/2022 · Instead, the Palace evolved gradually, first as an eastern facade with south and north wings, and then later with a westerly facade constructed (not very satisfactorily) in the reign of Queen Victoria. Neither George IV nor William IV ever lived in the new palace; William IV took possession on 5th May 1837, only a few weeks before he died.

    • Hugh Vickers
  3. 07/01/2019 · The history of Buckingham Palace can be traced back to 1608 and a folly of King James VI and I, the first monarch to rule over a somewhat united Great Britain. Envious of France’s prowess as a producer of the luxurious silk that dominated 17th-century fashion and keen to develop a rival operation in London, the king planted mulberry trees on which to rear silkworms on the land where the palace now stands.

  4. Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of 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 appears to greet crowds.

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    Henry VIIIfirst chose this part of London as the home of royalty when he settled in Cardinal Wolsey’s Palace, Whitehall. Later, he moved to the present St. James’s Palace and drained the marshy land to the south, creating St. James’s Park. From the River Tyburn that ran through Green Park, he created the lakes that now adorn the grounds of Buckingh...

    George IV contributed greatly to London’s architectural and cultural glory, and like so many enterprising kings in whose legacy we now rejoice, his contemporaries deemed him profligate and a worry to the Exchequer. He employed the architect John Nash to repair and improve the house, which became Buckingham Palace in 1825. His additions included the...

    During Victoria’s absence, the palace sometimes housed foreign dignitaries. In 1873, Nassered-Din, shah of Persia, stayed there. His Imperial Majesty had unconventional personal habits: eschewing the dining-room table, he ate roast lamb straight from the floor; and he once organized a boxing match in the palace gardens. It is even said that the bon...

    George V and Queen Mary made it very much their home, adding a new domestic touch. The First World War overshadowed the early years of their reign, but later Queen Mary, one of the palace’s great benefactors, undertook a considerable reorganization of the pictures and collections of china, reuniting separated pieces and making the Picture Gallery l...

    Since 1952, Buckingham Palace has been Queen Elizabeth II’s working home. Visitors once could enter the palace only by invitation, but this changed somewhat during her reign. The Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace Road opens its doors to visitors, who can see the royal carriages, horses, stables and riding school, which are an essential part of daily ...

    • Hugo Vickers