Buckingham palace is the home and the primary residence of the British Monarch. Originally named Buckingham townhouse, it was built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham. A little over half a century later, the building was purchased by King George III to be used as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and thus was referred to as "The Queen's House." Architects John Nash and Edward Blore enlarged and updated the structure in the 19th century. The "House" became the official residence of the British Monarchs in 1837 upon the accession of Queen Victoria. Some of the rooms that are mainly used for official meetings are open to the public throughout the months of August and September. The park-like garden together with the lake at the back of the Palace comprise the largest private garden in England.
Below: the park at Buckingham Palace. Photos by Anya Munster. Used by permission.