Buckingham and today is a favored destination in London for invited diplomats and dignitaries. In the 19th Century, this palace formerly known as the Buckingham house was further expanded so that it now had three different wings surrounding a courtyard in the center.
During the late19th century and early 20th century more major additions were made to the buildings which had an East front containing the famous balcony where the Royal Family meets to greet the crowds outside. A Queen’s gallery was also built which houses the art works from the private Royal Family collection and is open to public viewing in the year 1962.
The interior designs dating back to the early 19th Century period can still be seen today which include the widespread use of the colored scagliola as well as the pink and blue lapis added on Sir Charles ling’s advice. The partial redecoration using a gold color and Belle Époque cream color scheme was overseen by King Edward VII. There are also many reception rooms which are smaller in size furnished to resemble the style of the Chinese regency which used furniture as well as fittings from the Carlton House as well as the Brighton Royal Pavilion. The garden surrounding the Buckingham Palace is London’s largest among private gardens.
The state rooms which are used for state as well official entertainment are open for public viewing every year for the most part of August as well as September during the Summer Opening of the Palace. In the year 1837, a complete wing was added to the palace during the reign of Queen Victoria which housed a nursery for children, a ballroom as well as a sleeping area for guests. The marble archway which used to grace the landscape in the past was removed and placed in Hyde Park in London. Another notable change was when the limestone palace was re-faced in the year 1913.
Visitors can visit the Buckingham Palace at select times during the year to view the interior furnishings as well as the personal possessions like jewels and formal gowns apart from the August as well as September visit to the West Wing’s state rooms. Visitors can also visit the Queen gallery at any time in the year. They can also pay a visit to Royal Mews to visit the 30 horses and the official coach which is used during state functions. The Changing of the Guard is another famous tradition originating from 1660 outside the palace which makes for a great historical viewing.