In 1702, the Duke of Buckingham built this Palace as his residence in London. Later, the Duke's son sold the palace to George III in 1761. When the Queen Charlotte lived there, the Palace was renamed as "Queen's House". Then, Queen Victoria established her residence in the Buckingham Palace in 1837.
Nowadays, the Buckingham is not only used as the home of the Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, but also for the monarchy administration.
If you are interested in visiting the Buckingham Palace, you can do so from late July until September. Besides, when you travel to London, you can check if the Queen is right there if the British flag is flying, so "the Queen's at home". From Buckingham Palace you can easily walk to: Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, St James' Palace, 10 Downing Street, The Thames, Trafalgar Square and even Hard Rock Cafe. And don't forget to see the ceremony of changing the guard (next post).