|The Buckingham Palace East Façade in springtime.|
|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|
|The West Façade--sort of the back door to the palace.|
|Fleur de Lys, Beverly Hills, California.|
|Buckingham House, ca. 1710, William Winde, architect.|
|The House of Windsor coat of arms.|
|Queen Victoria at her Coronation, |
1838, George Hayter.
|The New Ballroom, 1856, Louis Haughe|
|Buckingham Palace grand|
staircase, ca. 1870.
|Buckingham Palace, east front, Edward Blore, until around 1910|
|The grace and grandeur of the |
Victorian era lingers today.
|The east wing façade, the newest portion of the palace, completed in 1913.|
|The royal living quarters.|
|Buckingham Palace ground floor plan.|
|The so-called Blue Drawing Room.|
As if that weren't enough the staff numbers some 450 people assigned to taking care of royal affairs, guarding the palace, and dusting off the knickknacks. Out back in the garden, tucked in among the greenery, is a lake, a heliport, and tennis courts. And if you're wondering how much all this costs, think in terms of roughly fifteen million pounds yearly (just a tad over $23-million). Pretty rich, considering the royal family lives there only about ten months out of the year.
|President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by |
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace, April 1, 2009.