Originally a house made for the Duke of Buckingham, Buckingham house was built in 1705. It was acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for his wife Queen Charlotte. The house was enlarged during the 19th century and eventually became the official Royal residence of Queen Victoria in 1837. It has, in recent years, been part of many big events, including Coronations, Jubilees and Royal weddings, in which the Royal family often congregate to to greet the crowds.
Although the Royal family do much of their work there, it is open to the public with tours running throughout most of the day. For a fee, you can visit some of its 775 rooms, including galleries filled with art and items from previous monarchs, as well as Queen Elizabeth II herself. One can also walk along the infamous palace gardens which host many garden parties throughout the year.
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