Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal administrative headquarters of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. The palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing.
The building became an official royal palace in 1837 on the accession of Queen Victoria. The State Rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are opened to the public in August and September each year.
The original building that forms the core of the palace was built in 1703. The public frontage of the building, including the famous balcony where the Royal family appear on state occasions, is a relatively recent addition.