Buckingham Palace, London

My final destination for the London visit was the famous Buckingham Palace, seat of the Monarch of UK, in this case the Queen. Interestingly, the day I visited the palace was the official celebrations of the Queen’s birthday. Apart from the usual Change of Guards ceremony, a special celebration took place on this day. The Change of Guards occurs every single day around 11:30 am; except on certain circumstances.

Today, it is used not only as a residence but also as the administrative seat of London and a museum. In fact, the Queen often greets Heads of States in the Buckingham Palace or the Windsor Castle. A part of the palace is open to the public at certain times and tours are available which makes the people gaze and wonder at the rich and luxurious history of the British Royals.

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This is probably the most famous frame of the palace. Thousands of tourists come here every year and click selfies and groupfies to remember their visit all through their lives. In fact, I can spot at least three groups busy clicking their own photos in this frame. πŸ˜›

Buckingham Palace is not too far away from the Trafalgar Square and the Horse Guards Parade, but since I had opted for the Hop- On Hop -Off Bus Tours this was one of the last few destinations. Buses and public vehicles are not allowed to stop in front of the palace. thus, they drop the tourists off at the bus stop from whence the palace is just a two minutes walk. From the bus stop the beautiful palace boundaries are visible with creepers and flowers growing in every direction.

In front of the palace gates are beautiful sculptures of angels and fairies.Here is what I could capture of some of those beautiful sculptures. . . .

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The road in front of the palace is always decorated with the Flag of UK. It has rows of taxi waiting to pick up or drop hundreds of tourists who visit this landmark of London every single day.

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Just beside the palace is where you can get a glimpse of the London Eye. This overarching feature can be spotted from every major attraction of the city.

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Here are some additional information about the place:

Address:Β  London SW1A 1AA

Change Of Guards Ceremony: 11:30 am (Come early to get a good spot; else it gets too crowded)

Tours:Β http://buckinghampalace.londonpass.com

Well, my London tour ends here, but my adventures are far from over. I will bring other hidden jewels for travellers in the UK in my next posts. Do come back next week for a brand new destination as my travels continue. Also, Do let me know what you think about my London tour , which was your favourite destination and which photographs did you like the most.Β 

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  1. Vyjay Rao says:

    The Buckingham Palace is an iconic landmark of London. Though I am not much of a fan of Royalty. The historical and athe architectural implications of the castle cannot be ignored. The Palace must be on most traveler’s bucket list, and it is in mine too.

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    1. Yes. Quite agree with you. In fact I happened to miss the Change of Guards ceremony but went on the birthday of the Queen so there was a lot going on anyway.

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  2. diaryrozaana says:

    Nice blog. I really loved the last image of yours. There is life, motion and in the background the London eye. Teh image itself has its won story.
    Would love to see pictures from London eye.

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    1. Definitely. Would upload some photographs of the London eye.

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  3. I remember visited Buckingham Palace (outside though hehehe) a couple of years ago, and I had lunch afterward at the park close to it. Love your photos!

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    1. Oh thats lovely. I saw a glimpse of the park but I had lunch in a pub in Horse Guards Parade near Trafalgar Square. πŸ™‚

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  4. Liana says:

    This place is one of the most famous one and I’ve always been fascinated by it. It’s the core of the Great Britain, and the Royalty is completely tide to it. For me, it’s not even a Castle, but more of something unaitanable. Something representing Royalty, and it also reminds me a lot of Diana. Don’t know why, but when I think about Bukingham, I think of her. Anyway, I love all the tips and I’ve been already, but never inside – and I don’t think you can ever visit!

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  5. chantae says:

    I need to go here πŸ™‚ I love the groupfies term you used, never heard it before and it made me laugh. It sounds like you enjoyed your time in London. I like the pic of the street, with all of the flags on the right side – looking at it makes me feel like I’m right there!

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  6. I’ve always hear of this place usually in movies. It would be great to get to actually go there.

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  7. Christina says:

    London was the first European city I visited so it hold a special place in my memories. I still remember standing in awe in front of Buckingham Palace! We also used the hop-on hop-off bus service. Such a great way to get around and see the sights.

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    1. Yes indeed. Well, London is not my first because I have been to Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Warwick, Leeds, and Macclesfield before coming to London. But first or not, the city never fails to surprise anybody who goes there for the first time. πŸ™‚

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  8. Anwar says:

    Amazing Post. London is one of my favorite city. but I never visit only transited thru for Germany in I should stop in London for few day on my next trip to Europe

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  9. lizellecruz says:

    It was always my dream to visit London, especially see Buckingham!! I just adore anything related to royalty!! I wanna see thr London Eye and Big Ben too

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    1. Well I have seen both the places. Photographs of London eye are in abundance although I didnt take a ride and I can put up a photo of the Big Ben for you πŸ™‚

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  10. DavidTofie says:

    I always admired this place, it has such a great architecture and it has rich history. I’m going to make effort to go there, it seems so pretty. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes its very pretty i hope to be able to go inside as well one day.

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  11. Anamika Ojha says:

    Visiting Buckingham palace is on my bucket list and hope to visit there someday in my life! Did you go for its internal tour?

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    1. No . one there was no time. two i think on the day i went the tour bfacility wasnt on cause it was the Queens birthday.

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  12. Dunja says:

    I was in London in 2010, but i still vividly remember visiting Buckingham palace. It’s definitely a memorable experience

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  13. Awesome Post. London is one of my favorite destinations. I visited 3 years ago and will be going back soon.

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    1. Oh nice. Im going back next week πŸ™‚

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  14. maryamkabir says:

    I’ve never visited the UK before but I’ve seen so many pictures taken by tourists of the palace that I feel like I know that place. I wonder if the queen might pop out some day to say hi to people πŸ™‚

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    1. She does come out but on very special occassions. You just have to be there in the palace on the right day and right time πŸ˜›

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  15. pinkpepperparadise says:

    Great post! It was long, long time ago when I visited the Buckingham palace and I remember one car came out from the palace and we were hoping that we may see the Queen! πŸ™‚ But unfortunately not. If I remember good, when the Queen is at the palace, there is a flag on the entrance.
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    1. Oh thats interesting i didnt see a flag on the entrance but there were many on the road in front of the palace. Did you go inside like the museum tour. I couldnt due to time restriction.

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  16. Komang Ayu says:

    I love londen.
    many unique buildings there.

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  17. Marije says:

    Nice! I ❀️ London!

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  18. Delaine Myles says:

    I seriously cannot wait to visit London, such a beautiful city.

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  19. Jessica Ayun says:

    I simply love the sculptures around the palace. Hopefully, one day, I can visit London and its attractions. πŸ™‚

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  20. Kage says:

    I love London mostly because of the BBC TV shows filmed there, I practically know all the locations already, but I’d like to experience London up close and personal one day, great post.

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    1. Hehe. . . .Is it? I study in the BBC centre Manchester. Yes, BBC has shown enough of London to have seen all the notable places on T.V but watching it LIVE is another experience altogether. πŸ˜›

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  21. laurahartleyy says:

    Buckingham Palace is a must-see when you visit England. It’s best when you can see the changing of the guard outside too πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes. some other time . this time i missed it .

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  22. I had the Buckinghan palace from the Hop- On Hop -Off Bus Tour too! I only spent a day in London and it was just not enough. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I found three days to be less. . . I can imagine how less one day can be . . .:P

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  23. Joanna says:

    I did find Buckingham palace to be not as impressive as I imagined it to be, after visiting other castles in Europe, like the Schonnbrun in Vienna or the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Did you see the Queen? I’ve heard she went out for her celebration to greet the people πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes she did but unfortunately i was in Madame Tussauds at that moment so couldnt see her.

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  24. Tiina A says:

    While in London it’s always great to have a walk nearby the Buckingham Palace. There are tourist around the area in every season, but it doens’t matter – the atmospehere is somehow so special.

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  25. Ivan Jose says:

    Stunning architecture. And the lawns and monuments are also very striking. I’d love to be here someday.

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    1. Yes the place is really regal and royal. πŸ™‚

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  26. Hope you enjoyed your trip to London. Living here, you kind of forget how special it is so it is nice to see it from a tourist point of view again.

    Rosie | http://www.rosieromance.com

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    1. Hehe! Yes its the same with me. Living in Manchester for over ten months and having visited mostly all places ; the significance of the place has become stagnant.

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  27. Ana De Jesus says:

    Aw shame your London tour is over, I love Buckingham Palace ( at least from the outside) because I have never been inside it .

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    1. I have never been inside it too. I found London a very expensive city and being a student could not incur the tour cost. But its great to see it from the outside as well. So I dont really have any regrets. Yes, its sad that my London tour is over but its also great that now I will visit new places and share my stories with you all. πŸ™‚

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  28. Vlad Vaida says:

    Uh you got some great shots over here! Really enjoy seeing your UK travel blog posts! ❀

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    1. Thanks a lot. Glad you liked them. πŸ™‚

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  29. Elizabeth O. says:

    I’m glad you had a great time in London! I enjoyed reading all your posts and what a great way to end it by visiting the famous Buckingham Palace! I’m sure it’s even lovelier in person.

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  30. karlapitzen says:

    Lovely post. I would love to visit London one day.

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    1. Absolutely. ! It is a must visit in life.

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  31. I have always wanted to go!!!!! I am super jealous! Maybe one day my husband and I will have enough money (and time) to go traveling a little bit. We have pretty hectic and live poor lives right now, but maybe one day!

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    1. Aww absolutely one day you will see the world. I hope to see Europe too one day . at the moment I have only been to a few places in the UK only.

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