Buckingham Palace

City of Westminster
London, Greater London, SW1A 1AA, England

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace is the London home and main workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the center of state events. It became the official royal palace of the monarch with the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837.

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The house which forms the architectural core of the present palace was built for the first 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.

Buckingham House was eventually sold by Buckingham's descendant, Sir Charles Sheffield, in 1761[4] to George III. The house was originally intended as a private retreat, and in particular for Queen Charlotte, and was known as The Queen's House.

Buckingham Palace finally became the principal royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria, who was the first monarch to reside there as her predecessor William IV had died before its completion.

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  • Castles and Palaces

    Buckingham Palace became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
  • Government

    Investitures, which include the conferring of knighthoods by dubbing with a sword, and other awards take place in Buckingham Palace's Ballroom. State banquets also take place in the Ballroom.

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