10 historias que no conocías sobre Buckingham Palace

Todos hemos ido a contemplar la sede de la Reina más rica del Planeta, Buckingham Palace. Y todos hacemos lo mismo, colocarnos en la estatua de la Reina Victoria y hacer fotos de la puerta donde están los guardias reales que cambian todos los días a las 11, 30 de la mañana. Pero pocos saben la intrahistoria de este palacio residencial, como que tiene 775 habitaciones, que luce bandera de un estilo u otro en función de que está la Reina dentro o haya salido de compras. La mesa del Palacio puede albergar hasta 600 comensales, y muy importante, no es propiedad de la Reina Elizabeth sino que lo es de la Corona… Léelo en Inglés y Aprende


10 things you didn’t know about Buckingham palace

I’m sure if you have ever visited London and stood in front Buckingham Palace, you have certainly wondered, “What is it like in there?” There are many interesting, unknown facts that simply can’t be known just by peering from a distance outside. Here are a few of secrets of what’s behind the majestic walls of the most popular Palace in United Kingdom (according to the Royal Palace website).

  1. The palace imposes no dress code.

Dress codes at Buckingham Palace have changed greatly over two centuries. In 1924 Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald was the first man to be received by a monarch inside Buckingham Palace wearing a lounge suit. This was a one-off, however. Evening court dress remained obligatory until the Second World War. Today there is no official dress code. Most men invited to Buckingham Palace in the daytime choose to wear service uniform or lounge suits. People would never really think of wearing jeans!

  1. Do you know the real size of Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Buckingham Palace is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep and 24 metres high. The total floor area of the Palace, from basement to roof, covers over 77,000 square metres.

  1. The only Monarch to be born and die in Buckingham Palace

The only monarch to be born and die at Buckingham Palace was Edward VII (born 1841, died 1910). William IV was also born at Buckingham House. The Queen gave birth to Prince Charles and Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace. Notice of Royal births and deaths is attached to the railings at Buckingham Palace for members of the public to read. This custom is still followed – even in the age of mass media, when Royal births and deaths are also announced on the Royal web site.

  1. How many doors and windows does the palace have?

There are 1,514 doors and 760 windows in Buckingham Palace.  All windows are cleaned every six weeks to keep them clean.

  1. Want to know some of the important figures who have been in Buckingham Palace?                      

Hundreds of distinguished historic figures have visited Buckingham Palace since it became the Sovereign’s London residence. They have included a seven-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (when it was still Buckingham House); Felix Mendelssohn; Johann Strauss the Younger; Charles Dickens; Alfred Lord Tennyson; American Presidents including Woodrow Wilson and JF Kennedy; Mahatma Gandhi (who wore a loin cloth and sandals to tea with King George V); the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong; actor Laurence Olivier; and Nelson Mandela.

  1. Apart from Queen Elizabeth , who else lives in this Palace?

Buckingham Palace is not only The Queen’s London home. The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra also have private offices and apartments located within the Palace.

  1. What can be done inside the palace

More than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as The Queen’s guests at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties. The Buckingham Palace kitchen is able to serve a sit-down meal to as many as 600 people at a time. Since 1993, the State Rooms of the Palace have also been open to members of the public to visit during August and September, while The Queen is not in residence.

  1. Who owns the Palace?

Buckingham Palace is not the private property of the Queen as an individual, to dispose of as she wishes. Like Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Buckingham Palace is held by The Queen as Sovereign.

  1. How do we know if the Queen is in ?

A flag always flies above Buckingham Palace. When The Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flies. When the Sovereign is not present, the Union Flag flies instead.

       10.  Did you Know Buckingham Palace is an environmental  place? 

As we can see on the official website, a Combined Heat and Power unit (CHP) helps to cut energy consumption; LED lights reduce electricity use; and double-glazed skylights reduce energy loss. In the garden, 99% of green waste is recycled on site.


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