Buckingham Palace
George IV initiated the building of Buckingham Palace around 1819 and, after many wrangles with parliament over its finances, construction finally got under way under the guidance of the architect John Nash. However wrangles and redesign continued to plague the palace (its original entrance was the Marble Arch, now removed to Marble Arch near Oxford Street) until its present facade was built by architect Edward Blare. continued

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The palace has over 600 rooms, although the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh live in only 12 of them in a suite overlooking Green Park. The palace is the official residence of H.M. The Queen, who as head of state hosts many state receptions inside. If the flag (the Royal Standard) is flying it means the Queen is inside the palace.

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During the summer the public are allowed into several state rooms of the palace (you can pew-book Buckingham Palace tours and tickets on Viator to avoid crowds) and much free pageantry happens outside the palace and up and down St. Jame's Park - (press bar at bottom to continue this tour) 

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St. Jame's Park
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