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11 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Buckingham Palace

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 15 March 2017
You’ve seen it in movies, in The Crown and on postcards, but how much do you actually know about Buckingham Palace? From secret underground tunnels to royal funnies, here are 11 things we bet you didn’t know about the most famous royal palace in the world.

1. The name comes from a Tory Politician. John Sheffield became the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, and he built Buckingham House as a place to stay during his visits to London…

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2. It wasn’t a Royal Residence until 1761. George III paid £21,000 (£3m smackers in today’s money) to buy it for his wifey Queen Charlotte. However, the palace was not an OFFICIAL Royal residence until Queen Victoria declared it so during her reign…

3. Over 800 members of staff live at the palace. Including a flagman, fendersmith and clockmaker…

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© Wei Huang / Shutterstock

4. Speaking of clocks, the palace contains 350 clocks and watches! They’re looked after by two horological conservators, who both work full-time keeping them ticking all day long…

5. The palace is built on top of a network of super-secret tunnels. All the passageways running beneath the surface of the palace connect the famous royal residence to all the nearby streets in St. James’. The Queen Mother and King George VI (Elizabeth II’s mum and dad) couldn’t resist exploring. On one trip, they it’s said they met a very polite man from Newcastle, who was living down there…

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6. Contrary to popular belief, when the Union Flag flies at full mast it does not mean that Her Maj is in the palace. Only when the Royal Standard flies at full mast does it mean she’s sipping tea and eating scones inside…

7. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms…

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8. The palace has its own chapel, post office, swimming pool, doctor’s surgery and cinema…

9. Four royal babies – The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York and Prince William – were christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. Fancy…

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© Pawel Pajor / Shuttertstock

10. Buckingham Palace was built on a site where James I planted a mulberry garden in order to cultivate silkworms. As you can probably tell, not much came of it…

11. Edward VII (1841–1910) is the only monarch in the palace’s history to have both been born and die at the palace. William IV was also born there, and the current Queen, Elizabeth II, gave birth to Prince Charles and Prince Andrew at the palace…

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