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St. James's Palace
is a beautiful brick building built by Henry VIII in the late 1530 on the site of the Hospital of St. James. St Jamesís Palace is among the oldest palaces in the capital city, known as the Palace of the Sovereign. It was a primary royal residence for over 300 years and a setting of very important events in the Royal history. Henry VIII's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, died here in 1536 at the age of seventeen. Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII's second wife), stayed there the night after her coronation. Mary Tudor signed the treaty surrendering Calais in 1558. In 1840 Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in the Chapel Royal.
The palace is not open to the public because it has official functions and is the home of some members of the Royal Family, including Princess Alexandra, Princess Beatrice of York, and Princess Royal. Notable people born at this palace are William Neville Hard, Anne of Great Britain, and Charles II of England. The palace complex also includes the York House and Lancaster House. The Prince of Wales lived in York House. Lancaster House serves as a place for official receptions of Her Majestyís Government. St Jamesís Park is found opposite the Horse Guards Parade
and is among the oldest royal parks in the capital city. The park has two islands, the Duck Island and West Island, and a small lake, called the St. James's Park Lake.
Today St. James's Palace is still a busy working palace and the State Apartments are used for entertaining and other ceremonial occasions.
Where is St. James's Palace
: Pall Mall SW1
How to get to St. James's Palace
: Subway - Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines to Green Park station.
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