10 Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace
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10 Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace

London : United Kingdom | Jun 09, 2011 at 10:05 AM PDT
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1. The palace was not officially set a dress code, but no single person who visited with faded jeans, too. Most people who were invited to Buckingham Palace in the afternoon will be wearing a work uniform or a suit. While at night, depending on the level of formality, the visitors men will wear black tie or white. If the men wore white tie, then the women would wear a tiara.

2. A ritual that must be done every day even on Christmas day was cleaning gravel courtyard of this palace. Gravel is cleaned and trimmed with machine equipment every morning. Later in the afternoon, two inspections will be held again, just in case so as not to look rubbish popping up. So you should not be surprised if you see the yard that always looks smooth.

3. Places where Buckingham Palace was once a garden stand mulberry tree planted by King James I, a lover of books king who ruled during the years 1603 to 1625. King James also raising silkworms in the palace. However, James chose the mulberry bush is wrong so that his efforts in vain.

4. Although his name is Buckingham Palace, this place used to be just a 'foundation' for the aristocracy. The name of this place are given in the 18th century by Tory politicians: John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave and the third Marquess of Normanby, who is the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. The royalty is also building a place called House Buckingham for itself as a gathering place of luxury in London.

5. Virtuoso architect John Nash and then change the Buckingham House into Buckingham Palace in the 1820s. Monarchy first to use the creation of Nash as the official home was Queen Victoria who moved here in 1837. Ancestors of Victoria, William IV, consider this as a dump - as the British say, and instead settled on a more general place of Clarence House on The Mall.

6. Buckingham Palace is actually more radical designs than what you imagine. Some rooms are themed Chinese culture. Some of the furnishings and decor borrowed from oriental style courageous Prince Regent Brighton Pavilion. But then was sold by Queen Victoria to finance the construction of Buckingham Palace.

7. The monarchy was the only one who was born and died at Buckingham Palace was Edward VII, the smoker who is also the creator of peace, who lived from 1841 until 1910. If you say Edwards needs to go out of his cage more often, he will find it hard to find a place that is so central and attract attention. If you live in the palace, you'll also be able to feel the heartbeat of the city of London.

8. Have you ever wondered why the palace was not bombed in World War 2? Actually, the bombing occurred with very severe. The palace was hit 9 times. Several times, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth avoid being killed. You'll think again why they did not move from place attracted little attention, is not it?

9. During the bombing, at least someone's life becomes the victim, that is PC Steve Robertson, a policeman who was on duty at the palace. PC Steve Robertson hit the rest of the debris that flew on March 8, 1941 when the northern part of the palace was destroyed. There is a flat metal in the garden to commemorate him.

10. If your phone battery runs out and you do not know the local time at Buckingham Palace, just relax. This historic place has more than 350 pieces wacth. 2 people of wacth's expert at it will turn back every week for these hours are all well maintained.

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Gravel is cleaned and trimmed with machine equipment every morning.
Putu Karya is based in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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