Marble Arch, London

Did you know that Marble Arch used to stand just in front of the Buckingham Palace?

Construction of Marble Arch that was originally designed as an entrance gate of the Queen’s residence, was finalised in 1833. But, as years passed by, Queen Victoria’s growing family required more living space, so it became unnecessary to extend the palace. Only two decades after its construction, the Arch was dismantled and relocated nearby Hyde Park to make extension possible. Inside the Arch, there are three small rooms which used to be “home” to one of the smallest police stations in the world up until 1968. Another interesting fact is that only elders of the Royal family and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery have permission to pass under the middle arch of the monument. This occurs only during ceremonial processions.

 

 

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