1. It is named after a Tory politician The famous gates of the Palace, from where tourists gaze on the 18th century building Credit: The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Secret London: 14 odd attractions you never knew were there A couple of years later, he managed to get in again by scaling the Palace's wall around halfway up Constitution Hill before he left undetected, and the following month, he broke in again where he was arrested after being found hiding under a sofa in The Queen’s dressing room. London exclusive offers Timeline: Royal palace security breaches 5. It has 775 rooms The Ballroom of Buckingham Palace Credit: Getty 7. It has the largest private garden in London Londons best secret gardens 9. More than 50,000 guests visit every year A Royal garden party Credit: 2016 Getty Images/Dan Kitwood 11. The menus are written in French Food fit for royalty: what does the Queen really like to eat? 12. It was once fell into ruin The palace was reported to have been rarely used after Queen Victoria was more withdrawn from public after being widowed in 1861, and by 1901 had even begun to look neglected. The grief-struck Queen preferred living elsewhere, escaping instead to her other Royal homes at Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle and Osborne House, but was eventually convinced to return to her London home. Royal residences where you can spend the night 15. There is no official dress code What they wore to Buckingham Palace 17. King Edward VII was the only monarch both to be born and die at the Palace King Edward II, who reigned from 1901-1910 Credit: Alamy A reception at Buckingham Palace in London during the early years of Queen Victoria's reign circa 1840 Credit: Alamy 20. It’s easy to spot when The Queen is home Queen Elizabeth II profile We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Thank you for your support. Visit our adblocking instructions page.