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St James’s PalaceLondon
Pall Mall
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St James’s Palace is one of London’s oldest palaces that is still in working order. Situated on Pall Mall between The Mall and The Green Park, the red-brick Tudor palace remains the official Royal Court.

Ambassadors are still accredited to the Court of St James’s even though they actually present themselves to the monarch at Buckingham Palace. As well as housing Court offices, St James’s Palace is the London home of The Princess Royal (Anne) and Princess Alexandra.
 
The Palace is not open to the public but the Tudor exterior is readily visible to tourists.
 
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A lot of England’s history happened in this Palace over the three hundred years that it was a royal residence. Built between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII, St James’s Palace was the official royal residence from 1698 when Whitehall Palace burned down until Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace in 1837.
 
Tudor Gatehouse
The great Tudor Gatehouse at the southern end of St James’s Street still bears Henry VIII's royal cypher 'HR', surmounted by his crown, above the original foot passages leading through to Colour Court. Henry and Anne Boleyn’s initials entwined in a lovers’ knot appear on the fireplaces in the two surviving Tudor rooms in the Palace.
 
The Tudor buildings are only part of St James’s Palace which includes a number of other separate buildings – Carlton House, Lancaster House, Clarence House, the Chapel Royal and the Queen’s Chapel.
 
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Some of the momentous events witnessed by the Palace between 1536 and 1698 included the death of Queen Mary I (her heart is buried under the choir stalls in the Chapel Royal); Queen Elizabeth I prayed in the chapel and waited for news of the Spanish Armada and Charles I spent his last night and received Communion before his beheading at the Banqueting House in 1649.
 
Princess Diana's Coffin
Many future kings and queens were born at the Palace and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married in the Chapel Royal. In 1997 Princess Diana’s coffin rested before the altar in the Chapel Royal for private devotions before her funeral at Westminster Abbey.
 
Further Information
 
Getting There
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Location
St James's Palace fronts Pall Mall, St James's Street and Cleveland Row. From The Mall, take Marlborough Road to Pall Mall. Marlborough Road passes along the eastern side of St James's Palace.
 
- By underground
Green Park Station          Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
St James's Park Station   District and Circle Lines
 
- By Mainline Rail
London Victoria Station
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- By Bus
Bus Routes Nos 8, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 stop at Green Park
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- By Road
St James’s Palace is situated within the London Congestion Charge Zone
 

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