I'm on a hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh!!! Game of Thrones is the best show in the history of television!!! The finale was all kinds of awesomeness!!! I'm going to be smiling for the next week... until I remember we have to wait until April for season 7 :(
Anyways, I'm continuing with the
So we went to Buckingham Palace. Did you know it was opened in 1703, and has been the official London residence of the reigning monarchy since 1837? On our way there, we saw this sculpture that I just had to get a photo of.
Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms - one of the 52 Royal and guest bedrooms is reserved for my family... because Aunty Lili thought it was a fitting christening present for me.
Buckingham Palace is surrounded by grand statues, just like the rest of London. This South Africa one below is part of the Dominion Gates - there's also a West Africa one, Australia one, and Canadian Gates too.
Have you ever seen the movie, The Young Victoria? I absolutely love that film which stars Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend. Anyways, Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live in Buckingham Palace. Remember I mentioned in my post about Marble Arch, that it was originally stationed at Buckingham Palace, and had to be moved? Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are responsible for that decision.
Speaking of Queen Victoria, the Victoria Memorial sits in front of the palace, is made of marble and gilt bronze and weighs 2300 tonnes!
Buckingham Palace's state rooms have been open to the public during select months since 1993 - roughly between 450,000 and 500,000 get to go inside the palace annually. The whole palace itself is one of the major tourist attractions in the world, seeing up to 15 million tourists a year!
Check out the grand gates! I wonder how much one gate costs. Probably enough to pay someone's school fees.
Crazy fact: the palace was hit by bombs 9 times during World War 2!
Oh yeah, Cake didn't come with us on this day - he'd gone to visit his brother and a childhood friend. And to see Manchester United's stadium.
It was quite cold that day, and drizzled almost the whole day!
Even though we didn't get to see the changing of the guards, I was able to take some shots of one of the guards and make a gif image :D
My sister and I had never been on The Eye. I've been on a similar attraction in Atlanta though. It was opened in 2000 and is the world's fourth tallest Ferris wheel. It's the most popular paid tourist attraction in London, with over 3.75 million visitors a year. It takes about 30 minutes for one revolution.
The London Eye is right by River Thames (longest river in England), and on the other side of it is Big Ben. It sits at one end of the Palace of Westminster. It's one of my favorite British landmarks, but we didn't get to go up close this time. Only British citizens are allowed to tour inside, via their Member of Parliament.
We went on the London Eye mostly out of curiosity. It was pretty late when we were able to get on, and it had been such a long day that we mostly just sat and looked around.
And with that, we called it a day! Thanks for keeping up with the UK Holiday series. Up next will be my outings with friends (look out for two of my fave bloggers), and if time permits, we'll venture into the Scotland segment of our journey!
Have a wonderful week everyone!!!
P.S. Blurry herck, my Snap Story video is too large to post here too. I think I'll just add bits and pieces to my complete UK vlog.
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