A Quick History of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is arguably the most famous and striking landmark in Britain; exuding class and elegance, the home of The Royal Family has a rich history dating back to its initial creation way back in 1703 as Buckingham House, when it was the home of the 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, John Sheffield. Work transforming the building into a palace began in the late 1820s on the orders of King George IV. Queen Victoria moved into the newly named Buckingham Palace in 1837.

Edward VII was born four years later in 1841, and died almost seventy years after that from severe Bronchitis caused by years of extensive cigar and cigarette consumption. His son and successor, George V, took the throne on May 6, only for his new palace to be marched upon four years later by the suffragette movement in 1914.  20,000 protestors stormed past Westminster and what is now the luxurious Park Grand accommodation to demand equal rights and deliver their message personally to the new king.

Flash-forward another 36 years to 1940 and Buckingham Palace was bombed during World War 2, however, in a show of stubbornness and pride, the Royals refused to abandon their home. Five years later Buckingham Palace was the centre of the VE Day celebrations, with Winston Churchill famously appearing on the balcony with King George and Queen Elizabeth in celebration of the end of the war. The area bombed during the war was converted into a Queen’s chapel in the 1960s.

Another 20 years later in 1982, Buckingham Palace was famously invaded by Michael Fagan, a barefooted unemployed father of four. The intruder miraculously managed to scale the walls of the palace and shimmied across the drain pipes in order to gain access to the Queen’s private quarters. Elizabeth II was said to have calmly spoke to the man for 10 minutes, before taking the chance to raise the alarm after the intruder asked for a cigarette. The incident is widely regarded as Buckingham Palace’s most embarrassing security blunder of all time.

Controversy struck Buckingham Palace again in 1992 as Windsor Castle was engulfed in flames, causing Queen Elizabeth to label it her ‘annus horriblis’ or year of misfortune. This served as a precursor to more misery to greet the castle, with Charles and Diana divorcing five years later and Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997 rounding off a dark period in the life of Buckingham Palace.

Nowadays, the Palace resides as a crown jewel of luxury in the centre of London surrounded by many other opulent residences and notable landmarks, such as our Park Grand London hotels, Big Ben and The London Eye. The grand entrance to Buckingham Palace was opened to the public for the first time in 2015, causing tourists from all over the world to flock to the capital and fill up the nearby Park Grand London accommodation in order to be the first tourists inside the legendary building.

Within easy reach of your room, we’d highly recommend that your next stay with us includes a short stroll across to see Buckingham Palace and soak in its years of history.