Buckingham is situated besides Green Park and is accessible within walking distance from Green Park tube exit and bus stop. Unlike the much famous Hyde Park or Kensington Park, Green Park is a simple park with rows of trees standing on green lush like ushers escorting me to the palace. Yes, the scene will change interestingly when autumn comes where branches of the semi-naked trees under the bright sunny day will create an intricate shadow web on the fields covered with brown-yellowish fallen leaves.
The daily change of guards event that occurs 30 minutes before noon is an event worth stop-over despite the short and simple ceremony and tourist crowds. On a very lucky day, you may have chance to see special occasion taking place in front of the palace. Yeah, during Deiva's visit, we were blessed to witness a grand ceremony where army barret in red uniform and tall, furry, black hat with musical instruments parade down the main street. Yes, it was a commemoration day for fallen armies in WWII. Check out the video clip recorded. :)
It is believed that in rare occasion the Queen waves her hand from a window of the front facade to acknowledge her visitors. For those willing the pay, an experience of garden tea party with the Queen in the summer will cost GBP500. In certain days of the year when the royal family retreat to their summer palace in Scotland, the palace is open for limited visitors who fancy exclusive china tea set, jewellery, fine art and collectibles exhibited inside the palace.
Directly in front of the palace is a huge white monument of Queen Victoria fountain. The Queen is sitting on her throne with angels surrounding her and a golden arch-angel (probably Michael) standing on a squarish column. Clearly, it is a symbol of angelic protection over her empayar that once spans over ends of the world.