Thursday, May 15, 2014

Buckingham Palace – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The Royal Mail has dedicated its two new First Day stamps to the building which was a private retreat and finally became the headquarters of the British monarchy, i.e. Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognisable and photographed buildings in Britain. Queen Victoria established it as the official London residence of the sovereign of the United Kingdom on her accession in 1837. Subsequent monarchs have all embellished and enriched the building and its magnificent collection of works of art. It was not always royal, however. The main range occupies the site of a house built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, who little knew that his name would be perpetuated in one of the most famous addresses in the world. 



The property was bought by King George III in 1761 following his marriage. It was remodelled as a private home for him and Queen Charlotte and was renamed the Queen’s House. It was their eldest son, King George IV, who decided to make it his official palace, but he died before his lavish architectural programme was completed, and Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence.
The palace is a royal home, the administrative headquarters of the British monarchy and an appropriate architectural setting for splendid royal ceremony and national celebration.

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