Buckingham Palace is one of the oldest buildings in the world, much older than the White House in Washington DC or the Canadian building; Parliament Hill in Ottawa – Canada. It represents the very essence of Great Britain. This majestic palace has withstood fires, bombs and more.
We are proud to present these 16 interesting facts about Buckingham Palace.
1: Buckingham Palace is the official residence and base of the monarch of Great Britain.
2: Buckingham Palace is located in the very center of London.
3: The place was built in 1703 for a duke. It was never meant to be the Queen’s place. Queen Victoria made Buckingham her place of residence and the tradition has continued to this day.
4: Edward VII is the only monarch in British history to be born and die in the palace.
5: When the Duke built it, it was called Buckingham House.
6: Between July – September the Queen heads to Scotland for the summer holidays. During this period of time, Buckingham Palace is open to the public.
7: The Palace’s grounds is huge, it has approximately 39 acres.
8: Edward Jones, a young boy was deeply in love with the Queen Victoria when the queen was a teenager. Edward broke inside the palace 3 times and stole the queen’s underwear, sitting on the throne and other shenanigans.
9: During World War II, German bombs hit the place at least 9 times.
10: The place has well over 40,000 light bulbs.
11: Buckingham Palace has around 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms.
12: The place welcomes an estimated 50,000 guests a year.
13: The 28th President Woodrow Wilson was the first sitting President of the United States to visit Buckingham Palace.
14: Buckingham Palace has the biggest private garden in London.
15: Whenever you are outside the palace and you see the United Kingdom flag proudly flying at full-staff on top of the palace, that means the Queen is currently there.
16: Maintaining the place is a lot of work! Over 100 staff work here.