It was George III who bought the palace in 1761 as a family home for his wife Queen Charlotte and his 15 children. In 1820 King George VI decided to rebuild a part of the building. Over the years and doubled its size by adding new suits and rooms. Buckingham palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep and 24 metres high.
Today Buckingham palace is the administrative headquarters of the monarch and is place for special official events, receptions and banquets
Buckingham palace is open to the public during the summer for short period.