Originally called Buckingham House and built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705, Buckingham Palace, located in the City of Westminster is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British Monarch.
The palace, or queen's house as it was known at one time was intended to be a private retreat after being acquired by George III in 1761 for Queen Charlotte who gave birth to 14 of her 15 children there. It wasn't until later in the 19th-Century that the Queen's house transformed into Bucking Palace when three wings around the central courtyard had been built. The East front, containing the famous balcony was a latter edition in the late 19th and early 20th-centuries.
Moving forward to the 21st-Century a major ceremony and tourist attraction which takes place at the palace is the Changing of the Guard which occurs daily during the summer months in the Forecourt of the palace.
The Queens Gallery, which can be found on the site of the former chapel, displays a varied selection of items and is open continually to the public.
Today, the upkeep of Buckingham Palace is provided for by the British Government at a cost of 15 Million Pounds each year.
The nearest Tube Station to Buckingham Palace would be Victoria Tube Station which is approximately 6 minutes away.