Buckingham Palace

This passage is about Buckingham Palace, where the Queen of England resides.

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Buckingham Palace is in London, England. It is where the queen or king lives. The current British monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. The palace is not just a residence. It is also used for entertaining important guests and as a tourist attraction. The palace sits on land that has been owned by the royal families since the Middle Ages. The original building was built in 1703, and many additions have been made since then. It was not made the official royal palace until Queen Victoria achieved the throne in 1837. During World War II, the palace was bombed by the Germans. The current palace has more than 600 rooms. It contains a collection of paintings by many famous artists. The gardens at the palace are the largest private gardens in London. There is even an artificial lake in the gardens. More than 50,000 people visit the palace each year.

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