Buckingham Palace is one of the world's most recognisable landmarks - known across the globe for it's glamour and history.
But it’s not just an attraction – it’s also home to many members of the royal family.
With 775 rooms and the biggest private garden in the capital, there’s undeniably ample space for all kinds of usage.
Which suggests why many of the royals actually hold private apartments there, using the palace as their London base.
So which members of the family live at Buckingham Palace?
Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward and wife Sophie are one royal couple who also hold private apartments at the palace.
However, much like the rest of the family, the Earl and Countess, along with their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, do not reside at the palace full-time, and instead handily use it as their London residence.
Sophie and Edward regularly undertake royal duties in the capital, so the pair understandably spend a lot of time at their apartments there.
The couple also have offices there in which they would conduct any royal business – and where any of their official staff who work with them on that would work from too.
However, a recent announcement has revealed that the Wessex family will soon be required to move out of the palace.
Buckingham Palace officials have revealed that essential maintence works are set to start on the royal building – primarily on the front-facing, East Wing, in April 2019.
While the work is ongoing, Prince Edward and Sophie’s accomodation and offices are relocating to St. James’s Palace – handily, just a two-minute drive away.
When Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex are not living at Buckingham Palace, they are at their private home, the royal residence of Bagshot Park in Surrey.
The impressive building, complete with 120 rooms, is just 11 miles away from the Queen’s home in Windsor Castle, and sits within 21 hectares of land. So we’re sure the couple will have plenty of room whilst Buckingham Palace is being refurbished!
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
In 1837, the lavish building became the official, principal home of the monarch. However, Buckingham Palace is not the Queen’s permanent, or most-used home.
Instead, the monarch and her husband often spend their working weeks at the palace, retreating to their apartments there when they are required for work in London.
The Duke of Edinburgh visits the palace far less regularly now that he has retired from public duties – but the Queen is there almost weekly for her various engagements.
Like the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne also has a series of offices at Buckingham Palace. And she too will have to move her work space out of the residence while the maintenance works are finished.
However, in regard to Princess Anne’s actual home, she also has a private residence she can retreat to.
The Princess Royal lives for much of the year at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, a privately-owned Grade II listed building.
The Duke of York
Prince Andrew is the final, senior member of the royal family to call the palace home. Just like Sophie and Prince Edward, the Duke has private apartments at Buckingham Palace, which he uses when he is based in London for work or personal purposes.
Buckingham Palace is also the workplace of 800 people – including the royal’s personal staff, caretakers, gardeners, chefs, and plenty more.