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Monarchy Monday: Buckingham Palace by numbers

Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s official London residence, is a sight to behold. Have you ever thought about how many rooms it has? Or how many windows? While maths was never my strong suit, these are some numbers I can get behind! So let’s breakdown Buckingham Palace in numbers.

There is a total of 775 rooms in the palace. 52 of those rooms are Royal and guest bedrooms, 19 are Staterooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms (and you thought cleaning your rooms were tiring!).

Buckingham Palace has 1,514 doors and 760 windows that are cleaned every six weeks.

The Palace is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep and 24 metres high. The total floor area covers over 77,000 square metres.

The Buckingham Garden, which hosts the grand summer garden parties, covers 40 acres.

In 1883, electricity was brought to the Palace in only the Ballroom. Between 1883 and 1887 it was installed in the rest of the Palace, totaling over 40,000 light bulbs!

The Royal Archives has indexes of names of people employed all the way from 1660 onwards. You can even contact them about past family members who worked for the household.

The Palace (originally named Buckingham House) was purchased in 1762 by King George III for Queen Charlotte for 21,000 pounds.

When Her Majesty The Queen is in the Palace, you will find four sentries standing guard out front. If you see only two, she is not at home.

During World War Two nine bombs hit Buckingham Palace. Rising from the ashes, the Palace stands stronger than ever!

With numbers like these, it is no wonder why Buckingham Palace draws so many visitors each year (50,000 as guests of The Queen and 413,000 in total)! Here is to dreaming that will one day be me (or you!).

 

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