(The Queen's Guard turns out at St James Palace for Queen Elizabeth II’s arrival at the christening. Photo: John …
St. James’s Palace, the Prince of Wales’ official London residence, has been the site of royal events both happy and tragic. Henry VIII ordered the handsome red-brick palace built in 1531, and the Chapel Royal and the gatehouse leading to Colour Court (shown above) date back to that era. Anne Boleyn, his second wife, stayed there the night of her coronation. Elizabeth I sometimes lived there, as did many subsequent monarchs, although British kings and queens have called Buckingham Palace home since the 1830s. These days, Princes William and Harry have offices at St. James's Palace.
As an active royal residence, the palace is not open to the public. But you can easily catch a glimpse of it from the outside by taking a stroll in St. James’s Park, which lies just to the south. The park — the oldest of London’s royal parks — is a tranquil green oasis in the middle of some of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.
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