• Photograph by Thomas Bowles



    Did you know Buckingham Palace was once simply called Buckingham House? George III bought it in 1761 for his wife, Queen Charlotte, to use as a family home. By the mid-1800s it had been transformed into a proper palace, which Queen Victoria moved into in 1837. Since then it has both housed the royal family and been their administrative headquarters. Don’t miss the famous changing of the Queen’s Guard, which starts at 11:30am daily from April to July (every other day the rest of the year), and is still something to see.