Thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee over the weekend.
The Queen appeared on the balcony of the famous landmark yesterday to enjoy a flypast by the RAF and see the large crowds lining the Mall.
While on Monday night, the same place had welcomed performers such as Sir Elton John, Tom Jones and Sir Paul McCartney as part of a concert organised by Take That star Gary Barlow to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
“We are marking today the anniversary of one historic and very public act of dedication – a dedication that has endured faithfully, calmly and generously through most of the adult lives of most of us here,” said Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Anyone staying in central London hotels should consider visiting Buckingham Palace during their London getaway. The building has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and remains one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the world.
There are a total of 775 rooms in the Palace including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every year and the Palace is well served by public transport with the nearest London Underground stations being Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner.
Admission to Buckingham Palace and the special Jubilee diamond exhibition that is being held this summer costs £18 for adults, £16.50 for concessions and £10.25 for those aged under 17.