The Buckingham Palace and Victoria Memorial in London

The Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch.

The Buckingham Palace is a symbol and home of the British monarchy, an art gallery and tourist attraction. Behind the gilded railings and gates which were made by the Bromsgrove Guild and Webb's famous facade which has been described as looking "like everybody's idea of a palace"; is not only the weekday home of the Queen and Prince Philip but also the London residence of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The palace also houses the offices of the Royal Household and is the workplace of 450 people.

The main gates of the palace..

The Victoria Memorial is a sculpture placed at the centre of Queen's Gardens in front of Buckingham Palace.

It was completed in 1911 by Sir Thomas Brock. The surround was constructed by the architect Sir Aston Webb, from 2,300 tons of white marble.

It has a large statue of Queen Victoria facing north-eastwards towards The Mall. The other sides of the monument feature dark patinated bronze statues of the Angel of Justice , the Angel of Truth and Charity facing Buckingham Palace. On the pinnacle, is Victory with two seated figures. The subsidiary figures were gifted by the people of New Zealand.

The whole sculpture has a nautical theme which can be seen in the mermaids, mermen and a hippogriff, all of which are suggestive of the United Kingdom's naval power.

One of the royal guards in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace

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