When visiting London, especially for the first time, you have to see the traditional changing of the guards. Get there early to get a good spot for taking photos. I arrived late and couldn't take a good shot at the ceremony inside the gate.
Buckingham palace is a large gated palace in the middle of a beautiful park like setting.
The palace is the official town residence of the British royal family since 1837.
We were lucky enough to be there as the Queen and the royal family was leaving the palace to go to the ceremonies around the city so we were able to get a very good view of the queen with almost no one around us as they were all at the ceremonies.
This monument is for those five millions soldier of sub continent who lost their life in defending British Empire World War II. Queen mother inaugurated it and I think one of the last engagements of that great lady.
When visiting London, a visit to the majestic Buckingham Palace is a must. The architecture of the palace and the Queen Victoria Memorial is so regal and elegant. Adding to the beauty of Buckingham Palace are the surrounding Palace Gardens, Green Park, and St. James's Park. The changing of the guards is a spectacle which attracts hordes of tourists but it is also worth watching.
The official residence of the reigning British monarchy. Built in 1703, the palace is surrounded by three parks, including the famous Hyde Park, and boasts an abundant daffodil garden in the spring. Young visitors will especially enjoy studying the guards outside the palace gates; the rumors are true — they never crack a smile.
Of course, everybody knows that this is the residence of the royal family. Lots of tourist visit these to have a glimpse of the palace...taking picture are also popular to tourist from the gate of the palace.
It's a residence of British monarchs. Did you know that there are about 300 people working in the palace...?
CHANGING THE GUARD takes place at 11.30 everyday from April till July and every second day from August till March. Don't be late and don't miss the beginning of the ceremony, as I did... :-)
I've never gone by during the day so I' have no clue how crowded it gets. If you just want to take a look and snap a few photos without a bunch of people in the way, come by in the late afternoon, early evening.
Buckingham Palace is the residence of the Queen Elizabeth II. It was constructed in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham and remodelled in 1825. You can't miss the Changing of Guard which takes place in front of the main entrance.
Come to BUCKINGHAM PALACE to visit the Queen! :-)
That's me in the photo below scurrying off for an appointment with the Queen of England. ;-) For other lesser mortals (yours truly included), content yourself by catching the CHANGING OF THE ROYAL GUARDS CEREMONY instead!
P.S. The truth is - you can visit the Palace but only from August to October.
For more details, please surf to the following website: www.express-events.com/breaks/buckingham.htm (Thanks a million for the info, Steve!!).
Come and check out my new home - BUCKINGHAM PALACE (Relax! I'm only kidding!!)....
Today, Buckingham Palace is used merely as a business headquarters for the House of Windsor (er... Windsor's the family name of the current Royal Family. You do know that they had their surname changed from the German sounding one to this current one... for political reasons, right?!).
Try and time your visit in such a way that you'd also catch the Changing of the Guards ceremony! Ah, that would be just perfect!!
Changing of the guards and Buckingham Palace.
Worth going, but SO crowded you'll have to box out like and NBA power forward to have the slighest chance of seeing anything behind the gates. So, take your pictures before they get there.