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Buckingham Palace London

Key British Royal Family Residence, southeast England, UK

post updated 16 September 2022

The Lying-in-State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Lying-in-State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, report www.parliament.uk.

The Lying-in-State opens to the public 24 hours a day from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September until 6.30am on Monday 19 September. Members of the public may visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects.

Westminster Hall London

post updated 8 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96.

She died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon, Buckingham Palace says.

The Crown passes immediately to her son and heir Charles, who will officially be known as King Charles III.

post updated 20 Feb 2020

Buckingham Palace

The Mall, SW1, central London

Originally a grand house, remodelling of this substantial building began in 1762 by Scottish architect William Chambers (though born in Gothenburg, Sweden).

East facade of Buckingham Palace facing down The Mall:
Buckingham Palace London building facade
photograph © Adrian Welch

King George IV decided to modify Buckingham House into a palace around 1820 using the famous English architect John Nash who planned the grand Regent Street not far to the north.

Conversion Dates: 1826-29
Architect: John Nash

The building has been remodelled many times since, more details towards the base of this page.

Buckingham Palace East facade with ceremonial entrance gates:
Buckingham Palace London facade gates portico
photo © Adrian Welch

The palace was built by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703-05.

The large property is the London Palace of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

This large building is the primary residence of the British monarch.

Aerial photograph, East facade of the building:
Buckingham Palace London aerial photo
photo © webbaviation

The building was purchased in 1761 by George III and named The Queen’s House.

Opening Times – correct at time of writing, please check with the palace

Buckingham Palace State Apartments

25 Jul – 3 Oct 2011

Queen’s Gallery

Opening hours
Open daily, 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:30)
23 Jul – 3 Oct, 09:30-17:30 (last admission 16:30)

The Queen’s Gallery was closed
10-20 Oct 2011 ; 25-26 Dec 2011

Principal facade and gates close up, facing down The Mall:
Buckingham Palace London England
photo © Adrian Welch


Ticket Sales and Information Office
The Official Residences of The Queen
London SW1A 1AA, England, UK

Telephone: (+44) (0)20 7766 7301
E-mail: bookinginfo(at)royalcollection.org.uk

Nearest Tube to the building: St James’s Park / Green Park

Principal facade, facing East:
Buckingham Palace London England
photo © Adrian Welch

Phone number: 020 7766 7300 (previously 020 7930 4832)

The palace is also known as Buck House

Queen’s Gallery, southwest London
Date: 2002
Architect: John Simpson & Partners
Limited competition 1997

Principal facade and gates, facing down The Mall:
Buckingham Palace London England
photo © Adrian Welch

Building remodelled:
Dates: 1832-43
Architect: Edward Blore
Dates: 1853-55
Architect: James Pennethorne
Date: 1913
Architect: Aston Webb
Date: 1962
Architects: Office of Works

Buck House fountain and monument

The palace incorporates Buckingham House
Dates built: 1702-06
Buckingham House was remodelled by architect William Chambers in the 1760’s

Location: Buckingham Palace Gardens, London, England, United Kingdom

London Buildings

Contemporary London Architecture

London Architecture Designs – chronological list

London Architecture Walking Tours – visiting the best buildings in the British capital

Buckingham Palace Reservicing: Works Move Into East Wing

Maintenance underway in the famous Yellow Drawing Room in the East Wing of the palace:

Film on YouTube

The building work in the East Wing is being undertaken as part of a 10 year long, palace-wide reservicing plan and, as with any important property maintenance and repair job, experts were recruited to plan out and perform the work necessary in bringing the regal building up to modern health and safety standards.

The famous royal balcony is a key feature of the Yellow Drawing Room:
Buckingham Palace Royal family on balcony London
photograph © Magnus D, 2011
London Buckingham Palace Reservicing

Building close by to the west:

Lanesborough Hotel & Spa, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, Southwest London
Architecture: Filer & Cox ; Interiors: 1508
Lanesborough Hotel & Spa, London Club
image from architects
Lanesborough Hotel & Spa

London Architecture Offices

London Architecture

Link: Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh

Canadian War Memorial by Pierre Granche, Green Park, just north of the Palace:
Canadian War Memorial by Pierre Granche, Green Park, London, UK

Palace Buildings

British Palace Architecture

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton, Middlesex
Largest and grandest of England’s Tudor Palaces
Hampton Court Palace

Kensington Palace
west London
Design: Christopher Wren
Birthplace of Queen Victoria
Kensington Palace

St James’s Palace
Pall Mall, central London
Built by Henry VIII
St James’s Palace

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