Five interesting facts about Buckingham Palace
Forget social media and 24-hour news streams, whenever there’s a royal birth or death, tradition has it that an announcement notice is attached to the front railings of the palace for the public to read.
The State and semi-State Rooms look almost exactly as they did when John Nash designed them for George IV.
If the Queen is at home, the flag flying above Buckingham Palace is the Royal Standard (that’s the one with two red corners, a yellow corner and a blue corner). If she is away, the Union Jack flies from the flagpole. Usually the flag is a standard size, but on special occasions, like the Queen’s official birthday or a royal wedding, a bigger flag is hoisted. Nice touch.
The Palace is younger than you think. The former grand house was transformed into a palace only in the 1800s and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that the famous forecourt and front façade were added.
You can meet the Queen’s horses (well, some of them) on a visit to Buckingham Palace – you’ll find them in the Royal Mews, along with the elegant carriages used for State occasions.
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