London, Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous symbols of London.

Buckingham Palace, also known as The Palace, is the official residence of British monarchy; currently, Queen Elizabeth II lives here. Many important public ceremonies takes place here, but the Palace has also great importance for British people, as it represents one of the symbols of British public and politic life. Buckingham Palace was built in 1633, on orders of George Goring Lord of Norwich; the original building wasn’t as big as the actual one, in fact the central part of the building was built in 1703, on orders of John Sheffield Duke of Buckingham, from who the Palace takes its name.

At first, Buckingham Palace was an aristocratic summer retreat, but under the reign of Queen Charlotte, the palace became official royal residence. In 2012, in occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a great concert took place here; the rock band Madness performed on the roof, while Renée Fleming and Alfie Boe performed from the balcony.

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