The late Queen of Britain Elizabeth II, who was officially declared dead tonight at the age of 96, appeared from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the second of last June to greet the public who came to see her at the platinum jubilee. of her rise to power in Britain.
In the following lines, the “Week” portal presents the story of this historic palace.
Buckingham Palace is one of the landmarks of London and the United Kingdom, it is the official residence of the kings of Britain, and has witnessed many events related to the royal family, be it joy, crises or problems , and from there also the press releases of the royal offices were issued.
The palace is the seat of many meetings and visits of heads of state, in addition to being an important tourist destination, and more than 50,000 people visit the palace annually as invited to banquets, lunches or dinners, receptions or celebrations of the Royal Garden.
Buckingham Palace is a strong starting point for seeing many of London’s sights and landmarks, whether you’re visiting the River Thames, St. James’s Palace, Big Ben, Piccadilly Square and others see.
The construction of the palace dates back several centuries, and its land was a royal farm owned by Edward the Confessor (1042-1066 AD), king of England of Saxon origin, and Henry VIII (1491 -1547) king of England, in 1531, James I (1566-1625) He is the king of England and Ireland (1603-1625) and also the king of Scotland (1567-1626) was planned to be a silkworm farm to produce silk after he took the throne but abandoned the idea.
It is mentioned that despite these royal activities on the grounds of the palace, it was built by the Duke of Buckingham, “John Sheffield” in 1703, who built it not of the royal family, who built the house on a simple way – it forms a large part of Buckingham Palace today.
In 1761, Buckingham House was sold to King George III for £21,000 as a home for his wife, Queen Charlotte. In 1762 work began on rebuilding the house, to the King’s requirements, to Sir William Chambers’ designs, at a total cost of £73,000.
It was then developed in 1820 to be a majestic palace, and Parliament agreed to allocate a budget of 150,000 pounds sterling to complete the required transfers, but the King put pressure on Parliament and it 450,000 pounds raised.
The main building was preserved, but doubled in size, with the addition of a new wing, the rooms of which looked out over the garden to the west. The exterior design of the palace, covered in Bath stone, reflected the French Neoclassical style, which has since been favored by King George IV.
Queen Victoria was the first person to stay at Buckingham Palace
Queen Victoria, the first to stay at Buckingham Palace, was a British king and queen, in 1837, just three weeks after they ascended the throne. It has since become known as the British Royal Palace.
In June 1838, she was the first British queen to leave Buckingham Palace for the coronation, and the queen’s marriage to Prince Albert, in 1840, soon revealed flaws in the palace. One of the serious problems for the newlyweds was the lack of rooms for children, and the presence of a very limited number of bedrooms for visitors, so the only solution was to build a fourth wing in its place, so that the palace was surrounded by buildings of its four corners.
Information and facts about Buckingham Palace
The length of the facade of the palace is 108 meters, its depth is 120 meters (including the central square) and its height is 24 meters. The palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest rooms, 188 staff rooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
The palace is lit by more than 40,000 light bulbs and its 760 windows are cleaned every 6 weeks to keep sunlight in.
The palace is largely a business building, a pillar of Britain’s constitutional monarchy, and houses the offices of staff and aides to the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh, and their families.
The palace is also the official residence for major royal ceremonies, foreign visits and appointments arranged by the royal family, and the “state rooms” form the core of the palace as the seat of business.
– In addition to the kings and princes, the palace includes more than 800 workers and more than 350 hours, which are maintained by a work team that works constantly to control these hours.
Buckingham Palace is adorned with precious masterpieces that form part of the Royal Collection, one of the world’s most important art collections, but this does not make it a museum or an art gallery.
Buckingham Palace is not the country’s largest, with Windsor Castle the largest, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, and home to the royal family for nearly 1,000 years. Royal events are hosted there.
– In addition to the kings and princes, the palace includes more than 800 workers and more than 350 hours, which are maintained by a work team that constantly works to adjust these hours and ensure that they tick all the time.
During World War II, both George VI and Queen Elizabeth refused to leave the palace, making it an ideal target for German raids.
The palace is built on secret tunnels, all of which have not been discovered until now, despite all the years and all the maps drawn for it.