Buckingham Palace London, England

Originally built as a mansion for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705, this grand palace has been the official London residence of the British monarchy since 1837.

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1705
A house is built in London for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham. It will eventually be transformed into Buckingham Palace.
1761
George III buys Buckingham House, renames it Queen's House for his wife
1762
Renovations designed by Sir William Chambers begin on Buckingham House to make it more suitable as a royal residence.
1820
Upon his accession to the throne, King George IV begins to remodel Buckingham House.
1824
Construction of current buildings of the Royal Mews
1826
George IV decides to transform Buckingham House into a royal palace. Parliament approves a budget of £150,000 and the royal architect John Nash sets to work on major expansions and renovations, which include the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace that are
1827
Carlton House, George IV's London residence before his coronation, is demolished. Its artworks and furnishings are brought to Buckingham Palace.
1829
John Nash's extravagant designs for Buckingham Palace reach almost £500,000
1830
John Nash is replaced by Edward Blore for remaining work on Buckingham Palace
1834
When the Houses of Parliament burn down, the King offers Buckingham Palace as a new home for Parliament, but the offer is declined.

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