Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by admin
Buckingham Palace Stamps
As the official London home of Britain’s monarch since 1837, Buckingham Palace is recognised as one of the world’s most famous landmarks attracting visitors from around the world.
With 775 rooms, Buckingham Palace is decorated with numerous works of art which form part of the Royal Collection. It is somewhat mind boggling to try and imagine a home with that many rooms isn’t it? The premises consists of 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
Operational in 1856, almost 20 years after Buckingham Palace first opened, The Ballroom is the largest room in Buckingham Palace at 36.6m long, 18m wide and 13.5m high. It is used to host State banquets and other formal occasions.
It is not surprising to learn that there are more than 400 staff working at Buckingham Palace employed as servants, chefs, footmen, cleaners, plumbers, gardeners, chauffeurs, electricians bearing in mind the sheer size of the building and grounds. Buckingham Palace consists of 760 windows which are cleaned every six weeks.
Buckingham Palace has been the venue for many celebrated royalty occasions over time. Talking of time, we learn that Buckingham Palace features more than 350 clocks and watches making it home to one of the largest collections of clocks anywhere – and there are two people tasked specifically with their maintenance.
Amongst the more regular occurrences at Buckingham Palace which draw the crowds, Changing of the Guard is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.
Recognised by their differing tunic buttons, collar badge and bearskin cap, guardsmen on duty are drawn from one of the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army: the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards.
For those lucky enough to be invited to a Royal Garden Party held at what is the largest private garden in London, an invitation also includes a tour of the Grand Hall and up the stairs of the Grand Staircase. So how do you get invited to one of these you might ask?
Around 8,000 guests attend each garden party held at Buckingham Palace each year. Attended by people from all walks of life, these events always take place between 4.00pm and 6.00pm and commence with a military band playing the National Anthem. Members of the Royal Family in attendance then circulate among the guests through ‘lanes’ which are a unique feature of these events.