Buckingham Palace and changing of the guard

no stay in London is complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace, with the changing of the guard. Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the King of Great Britain. When the King is present the royal standard on the center pavilion flies, when he is not there the Union Jack is hoisted.

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, of which no less than 78 bathrooms. There are also 52 bedrooms for the King and his guests, 188 bedrooms for employees and 92 office spaces.

Most of the palace is closed, but it is possible to visit the State Rooms.

the state rooms

every year in August and September there is the possibility to view the State Rooms. The State Rooms are the public rooms in the palace where the monarch and members of the royal family receive and entertain their guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions.

Changing of the Guard

the changing of the guard is a typical English ceremony that starts at 10:45 am and lasts about 45 minutes. In the summer the ceremony takes place every day, outside the high season several times a week. It is often very busy so it is advisable to arrive early.
check this website for days when the changing of the guard takes place.

how do you get there?

underground station Green Park. Cross the road and walk into the park, the palace is at the end of the park.


the london pass

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