St James Palace was a primary residence of Kings and Queen of England for over 300 years. At present it is a busy working place for Royal family members
St James Palace remains the centre of the Monarchy. Mary Tudor signed the treaty surrendering Calais at the Palace in 1558. Elizabeth I was resident during the threat posed by the Spanish Armada and set out from St James’s to address her troops assembled at Tilbury, to the east of London. The actual Palace is well-furnished and has spacious apartments for its occupants.
Who lives at St James Palace
St. James’s Palace contains the London residences of The Prince of Wales (Charles), The Princess Royal (Anne), and Princess Alexandra. Though Prince of Wales, Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla live at Clarence House. The Palace remained an important part of the British Monarchy, both as the official residence of the Monarchy and as a office for Royal Family members.
Many Royal offices like the Royal Collection Department, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, the Chapel Royal, the Gentlemen at Arms, the Yeomen of the Guard and the Queen’s Watermen are all located at St. James’s Palace. It is also used for entertaining during in-coming State visits, as well as for other ceremonial and formal occasions. It hosts up to 100 receptions each year for charities associated with members of the Royal Family. Family occasions have also been held at St James’s Palace over the years, most recently the christening of Prince George in 2013.
St. James Palace history
St. James Palace was built largely between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII on the site of St. James Hospital, Westminster. Since then it was a residence of Kings and Queens of England for over 300 years until the reign of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace in 1837.
What you can see at St James Palace: Chapel Royal, Household Cavalry guards etc
– It is not open to the Public but view it from outside at any time free.
– Visit the Chapel Royal, an active place of worship. Services are held in the Chapel Royal every Sunday at 8:30am and 11:15am except in the month of August and September.
– Visitors can also view the Household Cavalry guards at St. James’s Palace.
Address Car Parking and Nearest Tube to St James Palace
Address: Marlborough Rd, St. James’s, London SW1A 1BS. See the location in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 0303 123 7300, 020 7930 4832 Use the webform to contact by email.
Nearest Tube, Train, Bus: Victoria, Green Park, St. James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner. Train- London Victoria or London Charing Cross. Bus- bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 (stop on Buckingham Palace Road), 8, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 (stop at Green Park). Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car parking: No free parking at the Palace. Public transport is recommended. There are metered street parking bays on some of the roads close by.
Visit the website for more and update information. You can also visit other neighbour Royal Attractions like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Clarence House or see Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace.
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