Buckingham palace has been the official residence of British Royal families since 1837. Now it is being used as administrative headquarters of the Queen. It is primarily used for holding official receptions and functions held by the Queen. The visitors can visit the State rooms every year.
Buckingham palace is 108 meters wide, 120 meters deep and 24 meters high. It consists of a total of 775 rooms including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Royal functions and State visits are held at Buckingham palace by the Royalty. It is not a museum or an art gallery, but is beautifully decorated with expensive art pieces and is part of exclusive art collection in the world. Portraits are fixed in the walls as they were by Queen Victoria.
It is also used as State banquet for formal occasions like Diplomatic Receptions by the Queen and is attended by a large number of guests. These are very formal events where the Queen meets the Head of missions and carries a lot of importance for the diplomats.
Ballroom is used as a concert hall for concerts and art performances. Besides this, normally twenty one investitures are held here every year. Here the Queen awards the recipients of British Honor and other bravery awards.
There are magnificent rooms overlooking gardens and lawns. This has been an appropriate setting for Annual Garden Parties since 1868. State Dining room is located on the western side of the palace and is considered as the main State Room. Many of the important dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents and winners of the Order of Merit have had the honor of dining here.
The Music Room is located between White and Blue Drawing Rooms. White Drawing Room is the last suit of room. This is the most magnificent of all State Rooms. It serves as Royal Reception Room for Queen and other members of Royal Family to collect before official functions.
Court gathering is held by the Queen Victoria in Throne room. This room is also used for Jubilees and also for formal wedding photographs.
Change of the guard, Buckingham Palace