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The graceless colossus of Buckingham Palace, popularly known as "Buck House", has served as the monarch's permanent London residence only since the accession of Victoria. Bought by George III in 1762, the building was overhauled by Nash in the late 1820s, and again by Aston Webb in time for George V's coronation in 1913, producing a palace that's about as bland as it's possible to be.
For two months of the year, the hallowed portals are grudgingly nudged open; timed tickets are sold from the tent-like box office in Green Park at the western end of The Mall. The interior, however, is a bit of an anticlimax: of the palace's 660 rooms you're permitted to see just 18, and there's little sign of life, as the Queen decamps to Scotland every summer. For the other ten months of the year there's little to do here, since the palace is closed to visitors – not that this deters the crowds who mill around the railings, and gather in some force to watch the Changing of the Guard, in which a detachment of the Queen's Foot Guards marches to appropriate martial music from St James's Palace (unless it rains, that is).
You can view a small selection of the Royal Collection – which is more than three times larger than the National Gallery's – at the Queen's Picture Gallery (daily 9.30am–4.30pm; ￡4), round the south side of the palace on Buckingham Palace Road. The exhibitions usually include some works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Vermeer, Rubens, Rembrandt and Canaletto, which make up the bulk of the collection.
There's more pageantry on show at the Nash-built Royal Mews (April–Sept Tues–Thurs noon–4pm; Oct–Dec Wed only; ￡3.50), further along Buckingham Palace Road. The royal carriages, lined up under a glass canopy in the courtyard, are the main attraction, in particular the Gold Carriage, made for George III in 1762, smothered in 22-carat gilding and weighing four tons, its axles supporting four life-size figures
Ever wondered how much it would cost to rent Buckingham Palace?
Well, in the hypothetical situation wherein the Royal Family would list the Queen's London residence on a letting site, the property could, in fact, command a whopping 1,040,000 pounds per night.
This is assuming that the Queen charges 10,000 pounds per person per night and that she rents all of the bedrooms out.
This figure comes from Elysian Estates, an elite letting agency, who has priced several well-known UK properties, such as the Beckhams' former home and Windsor Castle.
According to the site, 10 Downing Street, which is a great party house and is able to host up to 60 dinner guests. Elysian Estates has it valued at 62,000 pounds per night to rent.
Meanwhile, Windsor Castle's 225 bedrooms could net 5,000 pounds per person per night - or up to 2,250,000 pounds.
The Beckham's former mansion is valued at 8,000 pounds per night, and includes a recording studio, seven bedrooms and a gym, while Shakespeare's birthplace is the most affordable option at 500 pounds per night.
Buckingham Palace is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing the taxpayer 369 million pounds, the Treasury has announced.
The Queen will remain in residence during the work, to begin next April.
Ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and boilers will be replaced, many for the first time in 60 years, amid fears about potential fire and water damage.
Tony Johnstone-Burt, Master of the Queen's Household, said phased works offered the "best value for money" while keeping the palace running.
The Royal Trustees, who include the prime minister and chancellor, recommended that the works be funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant.
The grant - which this year totalled nearly 43 million pounds - is 15% of the profits from the independent property business Crown Estates.
The trustees say the grant should rise to 25% of the profits for the repairs.
As Her Majesty's administrative headquarters, the Queen spends a third of the year hosting events at Buckingham Palace.
When in town, she holds weekly audiences with the prime minister, and every year welcomes more than 50,000 people as guests to state banquets, dinners, receptions and garden parties.
The palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.