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Private Tour: London City Center Historical Walking Tour
"This private tour with an English speaking guide is perfect for a personal introduction to the Royal family history the origins of this massive world capital and it’s best kept secrets walking inside the very heart of LondonNot only will you get your bearings and cover the major landmarks you will also discover the entertaining stories of history's main players: Winston Churchill King Charles II Queen Elizabeth II and many more. Our guides will take you to the hidden spots and along the way they will provide you with insider knowledge and helpful advice so you can to make the most of your visit.The whole experience will be orchestrated t National Gallery Nelson’s Column
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Private Walking Tour: Highlights of London with a Blue Badge Guide
"Enjoy a leisurely walk with our Experienced Blue Badge English speaking guide through the beautiful and historic city of London. Starting at Big Ben you will learn all about this famous old clock and the Houses of Parliament that sit next to the River Th then up past the Prime Minister's home and the Horse Guards Parade where you may see the Queen's personal cavalry on duty. There is so much to see on this tour and after walking past several national war memorials and other state buildings you will find yourself in the bustling Trafalgar Square home of Nelsons Column with its picturesque fountains and national galleries which house some of the finest art in the world. Next up you'll visit Covent Garden and China Town. Then see Leicester Square and London's answer to Times Square
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
"Your day in London is totally customizable and the itinerary for your half- or full-day tour will be tailored to suit your needs and interests. Before your tour your private guide will contact you to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics can be arranged in advance.On the day of your tour meet your guide at your hotel or preferred central location then set off by whatever means of transport is required. Transport meals and entrance fees are payable at your own expense.Perhaps visit some of the city must-sees like Tower of London or the ever-inspiring Big Ben – London’s architectural icon — or head to the Shard for sweeping panoramic views over London. Alt focus on the more offbeat London neighborhoods such as Soho
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was originally Buckingham House and owned by the Duke of Buckingham before being bought by George III and eventually becoming the official Royal residence when Queen Victoria and her family moved in. The palace has over 700 rooms but 19 of the State Rooms are open to the public during August & September (when the Royal family are at their Scottish residence, Balmoral). The Royal Standard flat flies above the palace when the Queen is in residence.
The palace is owned by the state, as opposed to the Royals themselves, along with Windsor Castle. When Windsor suffered significant damage during a fire, the decision was taken to open the palace to the public in order to raise much needed funds for the restoration work at Windsor.
Even if you don't go inside (I didn't) you can see the front of the palace through the railings and enjoy the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The Royal Guards (those guys standing guard with the funny looking fur helmets) swap out with new guards who arrive accompanied by a brass band! This takes place daily between May & July and on alternate days the rest of the year.

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hevbell
Sep 27, 2016

Gates of Buckingham Palace

The gates of Buckingham palace are quite impressive with a gold plated coat of arms. The palace is the working office and sometimes residence of the Queen , although Windsor is the more used residence.

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Jim_Eliason
Sep 12, 2016

Victoria Monument

Victoria Monument sits in front of Buckingham Palace and is built in honor of Queen Victoria. It was completed in 1924 to celebrate one of England's most successful and loved monarchs. The Queen sits below with a gold angel (winged Victory) sits on top of the monument.

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Jim_Eliason
Sep 12, 2016

Changing of the guards

It is a "must see" in London the changing of the guards, in the royal palace. Many hundred people compress against the grids, to see a show that, in the palace's yard, has not much to see.

Part of the changing, daily at 11.00, the other each two days, at 11.30, the show is mainly in the surrounding avenues, with the parade of troops and bands to and from the ceremony.

Let me tell you a story that defines English (and shames me):

I was in Whitehall and saw a band, with the big black hat, coming down the avenue. I stepped forward into the avenue and inclined myself framing the scene, waiting for the band to approach enough to fill the picture. When I finished I looked back, and shame on me: three lines of cars were stopped behind me, the crazy guy who forgot that in England traffic is by the left hand. All London waiting for my picture, without honking or any other sign of impatience.

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solopes
Mar 21, 2016
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in a Car

we happen to chance upon the Royal Couple Riding their Royal Limousine while returning to Buckingham Palace from the Gallipoli Centennial Clebrations and I happen to have a fast hand to shoot some photos with my trusty smartphone for a few seconds hence some pictures are grainy as they were travelling fast.

Although there many many Official Royal Residences of the British Crown scattered across the United Kingdom, the main Official Residence of the Crown Monarch (at Present Queen Elisabeth II) is at the Stately Buckingham Palace, along Consitution Hill. The Palace wor formerly known as Buckingham House and it was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a Queen;s House which evenutally became the Official Royal Palace during the Ascent of the famous Queen Victoria in 1837. Most Tourists go here to watch the famous Changing of the Guards which occurs everyday and certain times in the morning but you can also book a tour to the state rooms inside the palace which are open to the public (19 rooms in all) of which picture taking and video taking is absolutely not allowed (we did not have time to visit the State rooms as we were only in London for 5 days). You can also view the Royal Mews which has a collection of royal carriages on display.

If you are on a day tour of london from various tour agencies, the changing of the Guard and outside the Buckingham Palace is included in the price of the tour (it is free if you go on your own here) and if you want to enter the State Rooms and Royal Mews and Gardens, you can buy tickets at the side entrance in the Royal Mews Entrance near the Palace Gates of which the prices are listed below.

Prices:

State Rooms Only:

Adult: 20.50 GBP per person
Children (5 to 17) 11.80 GBP per person
Children less than 5 (free)

State Rooms Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

Adult: 35.60 GBP per person
Children (5 to 17) : 32.50 GBP per person
Children less than 5 free

Royal Mews Only:

Adult: 9 GBP per person
children (5 to 17): 5.40 GBP per person
Children less than 5: Free

opens: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday

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machomikemd
Aug 12, 2015

The Queen's Residence

Although there many many Official Royal Residences of the British Crown scattered across the United Kingdom, the main Official Residence of the Crown Monarch (at Present Queen Elisabeth II) is at the Stately Buckingham Palace, along Consitution Hill. The Palace wor formerly known as Buckingham House and it was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a Queen;s House which evenutally became the Official Royal Palace during the Ascent of the famous Queen Victoria in 1837. Most Tourists go here to watch the famous Changing of the Guards which occurs everyday and certain times in the morning but you can also book a tour to the state rooms inside the palace which are open to the public (19 rooms in all) of which picture taking and video taking is absolutely not allowed (we did not have time to visit the State rooms as we were only in London for 5 days). You can also view the Royal Mews which has a collection of royal carriages on display.

If you are on a day tour of london from various tour agencies, the changing of the Guard and outside the Buckingham Palace is included in the price of the tour (it is free if you go on your own here) and if you want to enter the State Rooms and Royal Mews and Gardens, you can buy tickets at the side entrance in the Royal Mews Entrance near the Palace Gates of which the prices are listed below.

Prices:

State Rooms Only:

Adult: 20.50 GBP per person
Children (5 to 17) 11.80 GBP per person
Children less than 5 (free)

State Rooms Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews

Adult: 35.60 GBP per person
Children (5 to 17) : 32.50 GBP per person
Children less than 5 free

Royal Mews Only:

Adult: 9 GBP per person
children (5 to 17): 5.40 GBP per person
Children less than 5: Free

opens: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday

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machomikemd
Aug 12, 2015

Buckingham Palace

Seeing Buckingham Palace (outside only) doesn't cost anything, and if you arrive at the right time you can also watch the Changing of the Guard. The ceremony takes place daily from April to July and on alternate days for the rest of the year. There is a schedule on the website.

It is only possible to see inside the palace during two months in the summer, normally August and September, and tickets are expensive. During this period the 19 State Rooms are open to visitors. The actual dates for 2015 are 25 July to 25 September.

It's best to book in advance if you really want to go inside. The ticket includes a free multimedia guide. You can either buy a ticket just for the State Rooms, or one that includes the Royal Mews and Queens Gallery as well. (There are also tours that include highlights of the gardens, but they sell out fast.)

Unless you are a royal family fan or art history buff it may not be worth it - there is plenty else to see in London.

If you just want to go inside a royal palace, consider making the trip to Windsor Castle instead (also expensive to go in, but there is more to see).

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SallyM
Aug 01, 2015

Thorough inspection of the New Guard.

At 10.45 am starts on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks the formation of the new guard and the inspection of the Guardsmen.
This was done by a little man; as he wore a normal cap, not a bearskin cap, he looked smaller than the Irish Guards. He was dressed with a dark blue coat, had a sword and spurs at his boots. So that he looked quite different from any guardsmen on the parade ground but he clearly was the chief inspector of all the parade.
During more than half an hour he inspected each button on the scarlet tunics, checked if the white belts were fitted tightly, if the shoes were clean, the correct position of the riffle at the shoulder. He inspected all ranks: guardsmen, sergeants and even the two officers. A sergeant major was following him writing his remarks on a notebook!

Among the tourists standing behind the railing of Wellington barracks a number has been in the army like me; we all had the same thought, how could he find defects on Guardsmen who are an example of military perfection?

At the end of the parade I asked a guardsman at the entry of the barracks who was that man. I was answered the "adjutant" what surprised me because this rank, highest of NCOs, is used in France or Belgium but not to my knowledge in the UK where the equivalent is "Warrant Officer". So I will have to return to learn who was that perfectionist inspecting the mounting Irish Guards.
After some search on the web I found that Guards Battalions have officers called "adjutants". The one which intrigued me was a Captain, Adjutant 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
There is also a Colonel, Regimental Adjutant and, last but not least, Prince William is the Irish Guards' first royal colonel (since Feb. 2011) and its Colonel-in-Chief is the Queen.

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Feb 01, 2015
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Who is on guard?

The guard duties are normally provided by a battalion of the Household Division and occasionally by other infantry battalions or other units.
As you might know the Household Division is made up of seven Regiments:
The Household Cavalry Regiment.
The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals; they wear a metal helmet.
The five regiments of foot: Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards. They wear the bearskin cap (is now made of synthetic fiber).

To know who is on guard on the day of your visit, look at the following website www.changing-the-guard.com , at "Guard Mount Schedule" where you will find what battalion is on guard on a specific day.
If you want to see the scarlet tunics and bearskin caps choice a foot guard regiment. During my last visit there was an alternation between the Irish Guards and the Blues and Royals. I choose the day with the Irish Guards with the band of the Grenadier Guards.
The Irish Guards wear a bleu plume on their bearskin cap.

There is no Guard Mounting in very wet weather.

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Feb 01, 2015

Beautiful gardens

I've only visited the gardens so I don't know anything about the palace itself. However, I enjoyed my time in those beautiful gardens and if you have the chance, you should go there. I've heard that during the summer, you can also visit the interior of the palace, so you should not miss the opportunity. It's nice to know you're walking the same alleys the Queen walked.

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LucyStanmore
Jul 04, 2014

Beautiful gardens

I've only visited the gardens so I don't know anything about the palace itself. However, I enjoyed my time in those beautiful gardens and if you have the chance, you should go there. I've heard that during the summer, you can also visit the interior of the palace, so you should not miss the opportunity. It's nice to know you're walking the same alleys the Queen walked.

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LucyStanmore
Jul 04, 2014

Buckingham Palace

Another stop on the agenda of most tourists. They only offer tours for a brief time every year but I got lucky when I was there. While wandering around the area, the retired palace guard in this picture started talking to me and showing me around. He helped me line up good pictures and told me about his personal experiences with the Royal Family (Princess Margaret was his favorite) and even gave his views on WW II. He was the best tour guide you could get. Don't know if he's still there but you might look for him if you're ever around there.

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Skibbe
May 05, 2014

Things to Do Near Buckingham Palace

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Changing of the Guard

more pictures of the changing of the guard in Buckingham Palace The changing of the Guard in Buckingham Palace is the most visited part of a Buckingham palace tour and is way similar to the Changing...
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Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace

At the Royal Mews were more impressive carriages, ones I have seen the Queen and Prince Philip riding in. Some others in the collection are the Scottish State Coach, built in 1833, the Irish State...
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Guards Museum

Guards Museum. As this museum is next to the Wellington Barracks where the new guard is formed before leaving for the change of guards at Buckingham Palace, I paid a visit to this museum at the...
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Spencer House

When Earl John Spencer bought the half acre plot of land in 1756 to build his lavish London house the architects made the garden to be joined and overlooking the Green Park. The garden it was...
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St James's Palace

This is the London residence of several minor members of the royal family and is found on The Mall close to Buckingham Palace. It was built between 1531 and 1536 in red-brick, the palace's...
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Transport for London

Since I'm from Germany I'm used to and love going by tram. I have to admit I really didn't no anything about it until last November. My lovely landlady (where I stayed at a very great B&B) told me to...
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Getting to Buckingham Palace

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The Mall, London SW1A 1AA

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