London Quiz - Royal Palaces (Questions)

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?

1. 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
2. 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 wedding breakfast of Prince Charles and Lady Diana
[ ] The Bank of England when it first opened in 1694
3. How many rooms does Buckingham Palace contain?
[ ] 250
[ ] 500
[ ] 775
[ ] 1,000
4. Which palace is the ceremonial Royal residence?
[ ] St James’ Palace
[ ] Buckingham Palace
[ ] Kensington Palace
[ ] The Palace of Westminster
5. 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
6. Who was the last monarch to live at the Palace of Westminster?
[ ] Henry VIII
[ ] Queen Anne
[ ] Edward the Confessor
[ ] Edward VII
7. When is a Union Flag flown about Buckingham Palace?
[ ] When the Queen is in residence
[ ] When the Queen is not in residence
[ ] At all times
[ ] On special days in the Royal year
8. Which of these did The Palace of Whitehall not contain?
[ ] A bowling alley
[ ] A tennis court
[ ] A wine cellar
[ ] A swimming pool
9. At which palace did Queen Victoria marry Prince Albert?
[ ] St James’ Palace
[ ] Buckingham Palace
[ ] Kensington Palace
[ ] The Palace of Westminster
10. 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

 

London Quiz - Royal Palaces (Answers)
1. 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
[x] 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
2. 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?
[x] The execution of King Charles I
[ ] The underground wartime cabinet office
[ ] The wedding breakfast of Prince Charles and Lady Diana
[ ] 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
3. How many rooms does Buckingham Palace contain?
[ ] 250
[ ] 500
[x] 775
[ ] 1,000
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
4. Which palace is the ceremonial Royal residence?
[x] St James’ Palace
[ ] Buckingham Palace
[ ] Kensington Palace
[ ] The Palace of Westminster
Although Buckingham Palace is used as the Queen’s principal London residence, foreign ambassadors are formally accredited to the Court of St James
5. What is unusual about the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace?
[ ] It has never been used
[ ] It was never completed
[x] 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
6. Who was the last monarch to live at the Palace of Westminster?
[x] Henry VIII
[ ] Queen Anne
[ ] Edward the Confessor
[ ] Edward VII
Henry VIII lived at the Palace of Westminster until his death in 1547
7. When is a Union Flag flown about Buckingham Palace?
[ ] When the Queen is in residence
[x] When the Queen is not in residence
[ ] At all times
[ ] On special days in the Royal year
When the Queen is in residence her own Standard is flown
8. Which of these did The Palace of Whitehall not contain?
[ ] A bowling alley
[ ] A tennis court
[ ] A wine cellar
[x] A swimming pool
The wine cellar, along with the Banqueting House, are the only 2 surviving parts of the Palace
9. At which palace did Queen Victoria marry Prince Albert?
[x] St James’ Palace
[ ] Buckingham Palace
[ ] Kensington Palace
[ ] The Palace of Westminster
Victoria and Albert wed at St James’ Palace on 10th February 1840
10. 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
[x] 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