The official London residence of the British monarch
A visit to London is not complete without the Buckingham Palace. This is the home of the British monarch, and it's occasionally used for protocol and royal hospitality. It's the official royal palace of the British monarch since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
Today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, and enlarged by architects John Nash and Edward Blore during the 19th century. The Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.