In the light of this morning’s royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, here is a look at the famous Buckingham Palace, which has served as the official residence of the British monarch since 1837.
Located in the City of Westminster, the Palace was originally known as Buckingham House, which has formed the core of today’s palace. Originally constructed by Edward Blore and completed in 1850, the Palace has come to acquire its present appearance through remodeling in 1913 by Sir Aston Webb.
The Palace has 775 rooms including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The building is 108 meters long across the front, 120 meters deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 meters high.
Buckingham Palace, currently valued at $1.6 billion, is furnished and decorated with art works that form part of the Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family, considered one of the major art collections in the world today.