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Although the tour buses don't go in front of Buckingham Palace, the taxicabs can still go through in front of it. My grandson wanted to see the palace for himself. But having been on a tour of Ireland where he had seen many Irish castles, he did not think Buckingham was very grand - he was a bit disappointed. Of course this originally wasn't a...more
On Monday morning we took the tube to Buckingham Palace where we took the Big Bus walking tour for the Changing of the Guard (fabulous tour).1. ROYAL LONDON WALK - (1.5 HOURS)Includes Changing of the GuardOur classic Royal London Walk takes you to the very heart of historic Royal London from St. James's Palace, former official residence of Prince...more
The Royal Mews is located left around the corner behind Buckingham Palace. It's a working stable where the royal family keeps horses and carriages used for important state occasions, like coronations and weddings.The highlight of a visit to the Royal Mews is seeing the 4 ton Gold State Coach, which is used for coronations and takes 8 Windsor Grey...more
The highlight of any visit to Buckingham Palace is the guard changing ceremony at 11:30 every day between May and July. Try to arrive at the palace before 10:45 so that you can stand in one of the better places to take photos. Note from my first photo that the ceremony occurs every other day during the winter season, but it's best to check the...more
Buckingham Palace Warnings and Dangers
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The guide on the bus told us about 1982 when Michael Fagan gained access to the Queen's bedroom. After this incident, barb wire was put along the top of the wall. I don't know about the timing of the wire installation. I do remember reading about this. As he sat on the bed conversing with the Queen he asked her for a cigarette. He was detained by a footman when the Queen rang for a cigarette because the Queen does not smoke.
The unemployed, Irish father of four children managed to evade electronic alarms, palace and police guards.
This actually had been his second successful attempt to break into Buckingham Palace. Upon his first attempt, he took a bottle of wine and left.
On the second attempt, an alarm sensor actually had gone off upon detecting him. A worker in the Palace thought it had happened by accident, so he silenced the alarm, Fagan having gone unnoticed.
On his way to see the Queen, he had lacerated his hand on some broken glass, leaving it bloodied.
The Queen woke when he disturbed a curtain after which he sat on the edge of her bed talking to her for about ten minutes; .. The incident happened as the armed police officer outside the royal bedroom came off duty before his replacement arrived. He had been out walking the Queen's dog...
Since it was then a civil wrong rather than a criminal offence, Michael Fagan was not charged for trespassing in the Queen's bedroom. - just with the theft of the wine.
It wasn't until 1984 that aggravated trespass or the act of trespass with the intent to disrupt or obstruct a lawful activity became a criminal offence.
There is an oblique or fictionalised reference to this incident in the lyrics of the song The Queen is Dead (written by Morrissey and Marr) from the album of the same name released by The Smiths in 1986: "So I broke into the palace / With a sponge and a rusty spanner. / She said 'ah I know you and you cannot sing,' / I said 'that's nothing - you should hear me play piano.'"Related to:
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Buckingham Palace Off The Beaten Path
The Royal Mews was in the second tier of things I wanted to see in 2002, and unfortunately, the top of the Big Bus was as close as I got. I wanted to look at the stables and the horses more than at the state carriages. The mews can hold up to 30 horses (Windsor Bays and Cleveland Greys)and they are exercised every day. Although the website says...more
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This is a picture that I took from the top of the Big Bus of the Queen Victoria Memorial which is topped off by a gilded figure of Victory accompanied by Constancy and Courage. This was all I saw of Buckingham Palace on this trip. It wasn't one of my goals.But I really like the picture.And then when I took my grandson to London, one of his goals...more
The Queen Victoria Memorial (also known around London as The Wedding Cake) was built in 1911 to honor Queen Victoria. The 13 feet high statue of Victoria is surrounded by the figures representing Charity, Courage, Truth and JusticeTruth, Justice, and Motherhood surround the Queen, whose statue faces the Mall. The monument is topped off by a gilded...more
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