Buckingham Palace: The Most Beautiful Palace in The World

Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London
Buckingham Palace, the most beautiful palaces in the world is the official residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality.

During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, forming three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. 

The Palace measures 108 metres by 120 metres, is 24 metres high and contains over 77,000 m2 of floor space. The principal rooms of the palace are contained on the piano nobile behind the west-facing garden façade at the rear of the palace. 

The centre of this ornate suite of state rooms is the Music Room, its large bow the dominant feature of the façade.

Flanking the Music Room are the Blue and the White Drawing rooms. At the centre of the suite, serving as a corridor to link the state rooms, is the Picture Gallery, which is top-lit and 55 yards (50 m) long.

The Gallery is hung with numerous works including some by Rembrandt, van Dyck, Rubens and Vermeer; other rooms leading from the Picture Gallery are the Throne Room and the Green Drawing Room. The Green Drawing room serves as a huge anteroom to the Throne Room, and is part of the ceremonial route to the throne from the Guard Room at the top of the Grand staircase.

The Guard Room contains white marble statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, in Roman costume, set in a tribune lined with tapestries. These very formal rooms are used only for ceremonial and official entertaining, but are open to the public every summer.

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