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Huntington Beach, California
March 2, 2006
From journal Across the Pond
June 22, 2000
From journal London: City of Love?
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
January 15, 2001
From journal A week visit to London
London, United Kingdom
August 11, 2009
From journal Historic Places in London
July 2, 2000
I was able to tour inside Buckingham Palace in 1994 when the Queen first opened it to the public to raise funds to rebuild Windsor after the fire. I didn't think the outside was all that impressive, especially since I knew that Nash had remodeled it for George IV in the 1820's - I had expected more. What is inside makes up for whatever is lacking on the outside in terms of opulence and over-the-top decor. I can't imagine being a child inside the palace - priceless pieces of furniture, gold inlaid stairs and all kinds of other things, priceless art objects and paintings and portraits, mirrors everywhere.
We weren't allowed to take pictures anywhere inside or even in the courtyards or the lawns. You can buy postcard pictures of the rooms you were able to tour though. As far as I know the palace hasn't been opened to the public again, but with all the anti-royal sentiment and use of tax pounds, it probably will be (or has been and I never noticed). The Queen Victoria Memorial at the center of the traffic circle is a good place to sit and look at the Palace, watch the tourists, watch the guards not move. The changing of the guard only takes place every other day, at 11:30 a.m. but get their early so you can see.
From journal London in any season
Merritt Island, Florida
May 18, 2003
From journal European Whirlwind
Santa Cruz, California
August 12, 2004
Buckingham is more of an eyesore than a palace. Although one does have to see it, if one is in London, one does not have to enjoy it.
The changing of the guards can be fun to watch, if you don't mind waiting around in throngs of people for awhile. More enchanting than the palace are the parks that surround it. Hyde Park is truly beautiful with rows and rows of daffodils, which are bright and sunny. On a warm day, Hyde Park is the perfect place to spread out a picnic or read a book. On a winter day, grab a cappuccino and stroll through.
While in London, you have to see the palace, but only so you can tell people when they ask, "Yes, we went to Buckingham Palace."
From journal London Bridges Aren't Falling Down
February 10, 2005
You may want to try and come during a palace guard change and parade. But remember that it will get crowded fast, so stake your spot for your photo ops.
From journal London, Rich in History
December 1, 2000
From journal Backpacking in London
by Sue Carr
September 2, 2000
From journal Whirlwind London Tour