Royal Palaces
Buckingham Palace is perhaps the most well-known of the Royal Palaces in London.

Royal Palaces

The Royal Palaces of London are many and varied. From Hampton Court Palace in the west to Eltham Palace in the east, these astounding edifices are arguably an essential part of any visit to the capital.

Built as symbols of power, wealth and beauty these palaces were not just residences but designed as places for recreation and entertaining as well.

Today some are still inhabited whilst others have adopted new roles as historic visitor attractions but they all have remarkable tales to tell.

How much do you know about the Royal Palaces of London?

What is unusual about the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace?
It has never been used
It was never completed
It runs along a north-south axis rather than the traditional east-west of churches
It has been hit by lightning 12 times
The chapel has been used regularly since the early 1700s and is still very much in use today. On some occasions, at certain points in the year, members of the public are permitted to attend a service there
When is a Union Flag flown about Buckingham Palace?
When the King is in residence
When the King is not in residence
At all times
On special days in the Royal year
When the King is in residence his own Standard is flown
Which of these did The Palace of Whitehall not contain?
A bowling alley
A tennis court
A wine cellar
A swimming pool
The wine cellar, along with the Banqueting House, are the only 2 surviving parts of the Palace
Who was the last monarch to live at the Palace of Westminster?
Henry VIII
Queen Anne
Edward the Confessor
Edward VII
Henry VIII lived at the Palace of Westminster until his death in 1547
The Banqueting House on Whitehall was once just part of the much larger and grander Whitehall Palace complex. It was also the location of which of the following?
The execution of King Charles I
The underground wartime cabinet office
The signing of the Magna Carta
The Bank of England when it first opened in 1694
King Charles I was beheaded on a scaffold outside Banqueting House on January 30th 1649
In the late 1680s, William III decided to move from Whitehall Palace to Kensington Palace. What prompted his decision?
Whitehall had become too crowded and raucous for his liking
There were sewerage problems at Whitehall
The constant chiming of Big Ben increased his insomnia
His asthma was worsened by the polluted air at Whitehall
Shortly following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the newly-coronated King and his Queen, Mary, moved to Kensington Palace
At which palace did Queen Victoria marry Prince Albert?
St James’ Palace
Buckingham Palace
Kensington Palace
The Palace of Westminster
Victoria and Albert wed at St James’ Palace on 10th February 1840
Which palace is the ceremonial Royal residence?
St James’ Palace
Buckingham Palace
Kensington Palace
The Palace of Westminster
Although Buckingham Palace is used as the King’s principal London residence, foreign ambassadors are formally accredited to the Court of St James
The Tower of London once served as a Royal Palace. It also served as three of the four answers. Which is the odd one out?
A zoo
The Royal Mint
An observatory
The barracks of the Household Cavalry’s mounted regiments
Strangely, many animals were once kept at the palace included an elephant, a polar bear and an ostrich
How many rooms does Buckingham Palace contain?
Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms of which 19 are state rooms, 52 are Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 are staff bedrooms, 92 are offices and 78 are bathrooms


Author:  Augusta Harris

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