April 23, 2010, Newsletter Issue #27: Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace is one of the most popular London tours and attractions and a must-see on any London vacation.

Buckingham Palace is the official home of the Queen of England and is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy. More than 50,000 people are invited to Buckingham palace as guests of the monarchy for dinners, receptions, banquets, and Royal Garden Parties. Most events organized by the by monarchy are held in Buckingham palace, including royal ceremonies as well as state visits from heads of other countries.

One of the most popular things for tourists to see at Buckingham palace is the changing of the guard. The changing of the guard lasts about 45 minutes and takes place at 11:30 every day during the summer and every other day during the winter. The changing of the guard entails a reasonably elaborate ceremony where the new Guard will march in from Wellington Barracks and the old guard will hand over their duties.

Visitors are allowed to visit selected parts of the castle via a guided tour. The tour is available throughout the day. The frequency of the tours is determined by the amount of tour guides available at any time.

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